By Franklin Alli
The Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), has advocated for more business partnership between Nigeria and China.
NACCIMA President , Dr Simon Okolo, who stormed the China Zhejiang-Nigeria Investment and Trade Promotion seminar held in Lagos, with an array of Nigerian businessmen and women drawn from pharmaceuticals, agriculture, solid minerals, manufacturing sector, etc. believes more Joint Venture partnerships between Nigerian and Chinese businesses will promote meaningful trade and investment.
He signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Governor of Zhejiang Province of the Peoples Republic of China, Mr. Lu Zushan for further promotion of the bilateral trade co-operation between the department of commerce of Zhejiang province and the NACCIMA. He said there cannot be meaningful trade and investment prospects without the active operators from the private sector of both Nigeria and China adding that the signing of the MOU is imperative if the two nations must collectively drive the process of growth in foreign /local investment of both Nigeria and China on one hand and China and West Africa on the other hand.
â€œOn NACCIMAâ€™s part, besides providing information in key areas and incentives, we will avail the business delegation from the Zhejiang province in China the opportunity of reaching out not only to our members but also to other credible businessmen and women in Nigeria to strike rewarding joint business partnerships,â€ he said.
He enumerated the various opportunities for investmentÂ and incentives the Nigerian government has so far provided for the thriving ofÂ trading and investment activities in the country, especially in areas of agriculture, manufacturing solid minerals, oils and gas and tourism etc.
In his own remarks, Mr Lu Zushan Governor of Zhejiang province of China noted the importance of Nigeria and Lagos in world commerce and the potentials of future trade engagements between the two countries.Â The Governor who led a delegation of top functionaries of his government and over twenty five (25) top businessmen from his province (Zhejiang) to Nigeria for the event said the visit will set the platform for future co-operation and more fruitful trade and investment between China and Nigeria.
Earlier in his remarks the consul General of the Head Chinese consulate in Nigeria Mr. Xu Jianguo who hails from Zhejiang province said the visit will enhance more opportunities and awareness for greater trade and investments between the two countries. president also speaking, noted the rising trade between Nigeria and China and urged the visiting Chinese Governor to seriously prevail on the issue of quality control to ensure that goods traded between the two countries are of high quality.