June 21, 2009

Spanish President in Nigeria

By  Chinyere Amalu
For the first time, the Spanish President is visiting Nigeria today to cement the already existing bilateral relationship between the countries, Spanish Ambassador to Nigeria, Angel Losada, has said.

During the visit, the two countries are expected to sign MoUs on four issues; Double taxation to facilitate trade cooperation, Nigeria, Spain Joint Commission, Cultural relations etc, said Losada.

Also, Spain and ECOWAS will sign agreement on Migration, which would gulp 10 million Euros, good governance, Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to fight poverty in Nigeria, and this “Spain has committed 100 million Euros”, he added.

Angel, who was speaking at the photo exhibition “Casa Africa” and on the coming of Spanish President, said, “ECOWAS and Spain will also sign an agreement on energy and infrastructure, trade and tourism.”

He pointed out that Spain is the second customer to Nigeria, adding that it became necessary that the countries strengthened their economic relationship, especially on trade cooperation and culture.

“We are proud to have our president in Nigeria for the very first time. It shows that the future of our bilateral ties will be strong. It also puts Africa in the agenda of Spanish government and to be in partnership that provide the best cooperation”, said Losada.

On the Casa Africa, he said: “it aims to be the visible pillar of Spain’s determined efforts to become a factor for peace, stability and development in the world and its earnest commitment to the priorities of the international agenda and compliance with the MDGs. This necessary implies that special attention be paid to sub-Saharan Africa”.