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‘UK commited to strong economic ties with Nigeria’

By Naomi Uzor

Britain, yesterday, reiterated her commitment towards a strong economic relationship with Nigeria, saying, it was an important and strong trading partner whose relationship must be given special attention.

British Prime Minister, Mr. David Cameron, made this known at the annual British Chamber of Commerce conference held at the Queen Elizabeth Conference Centre in London in response to a question asked by the President of the Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce, NBCC, Prince Adeyemi Adefulu, who was a delegate to the conference.

Adefulu, referring to the 2010 resolve between Mr. Cameron and President Goodluck Jonathan to double bi-lateral trade from £4billion to £8billion between 2010 and 2014, asked, “Do you not think that this has pointed at the enormous potentials for trade between the two countries and an opportunity which should be carefully nurtured so that the trade can double further in another five years? Unfortunately, we get the feeling of a pullback rather than a push forward in the relationship. Certainly growing the business between the two countries further will not be achieved without a special attention and determination?”

In his reply, Cameron said, “A very good question and spot on” adding that he was particularly happy that the target he and President Jonathan set in 2010 was met.

Continuing, he stated that the target was inspired by the shared conviction that the relationship can yield a lot more than the two countries were getting from it.

 


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