A Nigeria-Tunisia Business Forum was held on Monday, 12 March 2018 at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja with more than 230 participating companies from both Nigeria and Tunisia in attendance.
The event was organized by Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC), in collaboration with the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), Tunisian employers’ Organisation (UTICA) which represents enterprises of the Tunisian private sector and the Tunisia Investment Authority.
The forum kicked started the two-day programme of events of the Nigerian – Tunisian Business Forum 12th – 13th 2018 in Abuja which was meant to achieve greater bilateral economic cooperation between Nigeria and Tunisia; thereby creating strong economic partnership for both countries.
The business forum was declared open by the Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyema with a Keynote Address by the Honourable Minister, Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment. The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment who was represented by his Permanent Secretary said that “right policies and incentives had been put in place to make the economy conducive to investors”.
In her presentation, the Executive Secretary NIPC Ms Yewande Sadiku highlighted the functions of NIPC as well as the vast land available for Agriculture, other opportunities and the large market that exists in Nigeria. She advised the Tunisian delegation to take advantage of these unique opportunities to invest in the country.
The President, Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), Iyalode Alaba Lawson in her remarks, commended NIPC for its efforts in attracting investors while stating that Nigeria and Tunisia maintain cordial relationship and that now is the right time to invest in Nigeria. ‘‘Nigeria is open for investment and we are ready to invest too,’’ she said.
The event which featured signing of an MOU between NACCIMA and UTICA was rounded up with business to business sessions in priority sectors of the economy. The programme continues the following day with factory visits, courtesy visit to NIPC as well as the Abuja Chamber of Commerce for continuation of the B2B sessions and further signing of MOUs.