Nigeria Signs Landmark Partnership with Uk to Boost Trade and Investment

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Nigeria 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.
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Nigeria has signed an Enhanced Trade and Investment Partnership (ETIP) with the United Kingdom to boost trade and investment between the two countries and unlock new opportunities for both countries.
Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr. Doris Uzoka-Anite and the UK Secretary of State for Business and Trade, Olukemi Badenoch, signed the ETIP for both countries  today in Abuja.
The ETIP is the first that the  UK government has signed with an African country and is designed to grow Nigeria and UK’s already thriving trading relationship, which totalled 7 billion pounds in the year to September 2023.
In her remarks, the Minister of Insustry, Trade and Investment said, “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”
UK Secretary of State for Business and Trade, shortly after the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) held a grounding 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.
Earlier at the signing of the MOU, Kemi said “The UK and Nigeria are vital partners, with longstanding historical and economic ties, adding that “UK businesses are already seeing huge successes 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 said “Nigeria and 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 a 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 resilience 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”
The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Richard Hugh Montgomery in his remarks 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.
He said “we have partnership with Ministry of Defence too because there can not be prosperity without security, and we are very delighted that we have opened a relationship in Defence.
Henry David
For: Director (Press & Public Relations)
February 13, 2024