The Bank of Industry (BOI), in collaboration with Compass Consulting heldÂ an Enterprise Exhibition last week to promote trade ties between theÂ local entrepreneurs and Nigeria Diaspora businesses.
Speaking at the Exhibition, Managing Director of Bank of Industry (BOI), Mrs Evelyn Oputu said that,Â The Enterprise Exhibition series, which is now in its third edition, is consistent with BOIâ€™s developmental mandate of encouraging Public_Private Partnership framework for the promotion of trade, investment and global partnership.
â€œThe Enterprise Exhibition has provided a structured platform for current and potential entrepreneurs of African and Caribbean descent based in the United Kingdom and Europe to commence and nurture business ties with their Nigerian counterparts.
It has been designed as a matchmakingÂ forum that is anticipated to lead to partnerships as well as the initiation and hopefully the conclusion of joint venture agreements.
The framework enables United Kingdom and European firms promoted by diasporans, to explore the rapidly emerging business opportunities in Nigeria that is the most populous African country from where, aside from huge domestic market of 150 million people, they could access other markets within and outside that of Africa which is estimated to over 800 million peopleâ€
The Chief Executive of Compass Consulting, Mrs Tokunbo Chiedu, said the exhibition is organised such that Nigerian entrepreneurs would be assisted by the missioners to achieve the required standard to become competitive and viable enterprises that could be linked to the global entrepreneurial value chain.
â€œWe implore Nigerians in the diaspora, the world over to come home and support Nigeriaâ€™s determination to attain the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and its vision of becoming one of the top 20 economies in the world by 2020 _ vision 20_2020. BOI will be on hand to provide all the requisite ingredients to succeed in this our challenging but highly rewarding environmentâ€ said Oputu.