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HICOM of Tanzania to Nigeria, Benson Alfred Bana; Special adviser to Lagos State Government on SDG’s, Mrs Solape Hammond;Dean, Lagos Business School, Prof. Chris Ogbechie; HICOM of Kenya to Nigeria, Amb. (DR) Wilfred G. Machage, MGH; Acting Chief Trade Negotiator/ DG of Nigerian office for Trade Negotiations, Mr. Victor Liman, during a virtual conference on AfCFTA: Roadmap to a successful Implementation organized by the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry in partnership with African Continental Free Trade Agreement in Lagos on Tuesday 15th March, 2021


Temitayo Okereji

As a strategic nation in  the implementation of the African Continental  Free Trade Area Agreement  (AfCFTA), the Federal Government has restated its commitment in ensuring necessary supports are provided.

The Minister of State for Industry Trade and Investment, Amb. Mariam Yalwaji Katagum stated this during her meeting with a team from the Republic of Ireland led by the Ambassador of Ireland to Nigeria, H.E. Peter Ryan in her office.

Amb. Katagum described Nigeria as a very strategic country in the implementation of AfCFTA and the government is committed to providing necessary support for  Nigerian businesses to participate meaningfully.

She highlighted various policies and programmes such as the formulation of Trade policy, Investment policy, Auto policy among others put in place  by her Ministry to facilitate bilateral trade and investments in the country.

The Minister added that the Ministry through the Nigerian Export Promotion  Council (NEPC) has also set up Trade houses in Cairo, Egypt; Nairobi, Kenya and other parts of the world to improve non-oil exports.

Amb. Katagum stated that Nigeria would continue to deepen bilateral relationship with other countries such as the Republic of Ireland to boost trade and investment opportunities.

Earlier in his address,  the Ambassador of Ireland to Nigeria, H.E.Peter Ryan said he was in the Ministry to see further collaboration and build on the existing relationship between Ireland and Nigeria.

While stating that his country would embark on a Ministerial visit to Nigeria, the Ambassador said the Republic of Ireland was interested in partnering  with Nigeria in area of Agriculture, Research and Fintech among others.

Oluwakemi Ogunmakinwa Mrs.

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