President Muhammadu Buhari has declared that Nigeria remains the most viable and attractive investment destination in Africa.
He made the declaration on Saturday in Dubai, while addressing a trade and investment forum at the Dubai Expo 2020, organised by Nigerian Arabian Gulf Chamber of Commerce, Nigeria’s Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment and the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC).
This was contained in a statement by Special Adviser to the President
on Media & Publicity, Femi Adesina on Saturday.
The President who also said Nigeria is on the path of becoming Africa’s leading industrial and trading nation noted that Nigeria is reaping from the efforts his government has made to improve investment environment.
“Nigeria’s pavilion at the Expo 2020 clearly shows why we remain the most viable and attractive investment destination in Africa.
“Our location, our natural resources, our population, and our regulations are there for all to see. Nigeria is on its way to become a leading industrial and trading nation in Africa.
“To achieve this, our Government focused on policies, projects and programs that support private sector investors.
“We introduced numerous fiscal incentives and infrastructure projects aimed at enhancing the viability of investments.
“Despite the adverse global economic environment of recent years, Nigeria’s investment environment has greatly improved both at the national and sub-national levels,” he said.
President Buhari assured captains of industry, and entrepreneurs, who have shown interest and commitment to further enhance trade and investment relations with Nigeria, that his government would continue to “work with them to improve the business climate especially as the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) comes into full effect.”
“Just last month at the Intra Africa Trade fair in Durban, I reminded business leaders that most of Africa’s challenges, whether security, economic or corruption, can be traced to our inability to domesticate the production of our most basic requirements and provide jobs to our teeming and dynamic youth population.
“I am pleased that this Forum focuses on ‘Unveiling Trade and Investment Opportunities in Nigeria,’ and will encourage you all to keep an open mind and look beyond the challenges.
“In this room, we have Governors, Ministers and Heads of Government Agencies that can address all your questions and concerns.
“We are here to support you and I hope you will all take this opportunity to move your investment decisions forward,” he said.
He further thanked his host, the President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Emir of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan for his steady commitment to deepen trade and investment relations between Nigeria and UAE through various initiatives, partnerships and support.