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Nigeria, UK Sign Enhanced Trade and Investment Partnership ETIP

Nigeria's Minister of Industry, Trade and investment, Dr. Doris Nkiruka Uzoka-Anite with the Secretary of State for Business & Trade Kemi Badenoch, during the signing of Nigeria-UK Enhanced Trade Investment Partnership (ETIP) Agreement in Abuja on Tuesday.

..... Partnership is an opportunity for top financial and professional services. Says Minister of Trade.

.... UK-Turkish Construction firm opens services at Abuja Industrial Park.

In its determination to improve the nation's Trade and Investment portfolio, the Nigerian government on Tuesday, 23th February 2024, signed an Enhanced Trade and Investment Partnership (ETIP) with United Kingdom to boost trade and investment between the two countries and unlock new opportunities for both countries

Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Doris Uzoka-Anite and the Business and Trade Secretary for UK, Olukemi Badenoch signed the ETIP for both countries  today in Abuja.

"The ETIP is the first, the UK has signed with an African country and it is designed to grow Nigeria and the UK's already thriving trading relationship, which totaled 7billion pounds in the year to September 2023." 

A statement signed by Henry David, Assistant Chief Information Officer on behalf of the Director, Press and Public Relations Department of the Ministry and made available to journalists revealed.

In her remarks, the Minister of Trade disclosed that “There is an opportunity to leverage UK and International investment from the city of London, which is home to the top financials and professional services.”

Anite further added; “this partnership will see Nigeria-UK relations move beyond one of shared history and strong ties to one of shared economic properity, from increasing market access and supporting our vibrant businesses, to creating more jobs and accelerate greater investments in sectors of mutual interests.”

Business and Trade Secretary for UK, shortly after the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) held a ground breaking ceremony at Abuja’s first Industrial Park built by UK-Turkish construction firm, Zeberced Ltd to open its support services areas at the site. 

"The $144M industrial park is set to create 620 direct jobs and 1,650 indirect jobs and provide a base for major firms to access central and northern Nigeria." The statement read.

Earlier at the signing of the MOU, Olukemi said; “The UK and Nigeria are vital partners, with longstanding historical and economics ties, adding that “UK businesses are already seeing huge success in Nigeria; one of the fastest growing economies in the world.” 

The representative of the Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs, Director of Investment with the Ministry, Amb Bolaji Akinremi stated that, “Nigeria and the United Kingdom have come a very long way. The two countries have a special bond before the creation of Nigeria. We have no doubt that this event of signing Memorandum of Understanding of economic trade and investment, partnership memorandum is going to blossom our existing trade and investment relationship between our two great countries.”

He said; “Beyond this signing, necessary action will follow the signing and we are gladdened by the amount of work that was put into this agreement by both sides and this is going to trickle down to our people through your signature today. It is not only in trade that Nigeria and UK have this strong bond, we have a very strong bond in migration partnership.” 

While presenting his votes of thanks, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment Amb. Nura Abba Rimi said; “I will like to express our deep appreciation to our transformational Minister, for your leadership and commitment and tireless effort in fostering this relation and making the foundation for a strengthened economic relationship with our two countries, your dedication to principle of corporation and mutual benefit will undoubtedly pave way for increased trade and investment opportunities.“

Rimi said: “The collaborative effort of the negotiating team on both sides who have worked diligently to ensure this MOU, your expertise and resilient and dedication have been instrumental in initiating this agreement to promote economic growth, job creation and prosperity for our citizens." 

He said: “Let us be mindful of the responsibility and opportunities that come with it. Together, we can build a robust sustainable economic relationship that will not only benefit our nations but also, contribute to global economic landscape. May this instrument mark the beginning of a new chapter in the history of Nigeria –UK relations and boundless opportunities for growth.” He prayed.

The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Richard Hugh Montgomery in his remarks at the event, said, “I want to congratulate all the officials that worked hard to ensure this MOU comes to reality. This MOU  covers 14 areas and sectors of economy, We don’t have to talk the talk alone, we have to walk the talk. 

"The MOU is a fantastic platform for both governments to work together in the area of trade and investment, the ultimate aim of doing this is to create jobs and wealth on both sides and this is what we want to do through this trade and investment purposes." Montgomery stated.

"We have partnership with Ministry of Defence too because, there cannot be prosperity without security and we are very delighted that we have opened  relationship in the Defence. 

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