The Minister of Trade and Investment Dr. Olusegun Aganga has called for more collaboration between the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Federal Ministry of Trade and Investment in order to promote and accelerate sustainable Industrial development in the country.
The Minister made the call today, when he received the UNIDO Country Representative to Nigeria, Dr. Patrick Kormawa when the latter paid a courtesy visit to the Minister in his office in Abuja.
The Minister wants greater collaboration from UNIDO in the area of Investment Promotions, Trade facilitation, industrial clusters, poverty reduction, Textile, skills development and SMEs.
Receiving the UNIDO Country Representative, the Minister pointed out that UNIDO has been a major Development partner to the country and has contributed immensely to the nation’s industrial development and improvement in the living standards of the people of Nigeria through its numerous programmes and projects across the country.
He said that the Ministry was very critical to the success of the Transformation Agenda of this government.
He explained that now that the name of the Ministry has changed from Federal Ministry of Commerce and Industry to Ministry of Trade and Investment with a wider mandate, his priority was to reposition the Ministry to play its active role in the actualization of the new Reform Agenda of the new administration. He therefore called for more active collaboration between UNIDO and the Ministry to achieve the goals.
Unfolding the vision and the mission of the new administration in the area of Trade and Investment , Dr. Aganga pointed out that the country has under invested over the years and stressed the need to invest in every sector of the economy to bring about the much needed economic transformation.
According to him, one area he hoped UNIDO and the Ministry could work together was the establishment of Investment promotion Unit in the Ministry so as to integrate into the UNIDO Worldwide network of Investment as well as Technology promotion so that we would have direct link and facilitate all that we are doing in Trade and Investment.