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Nigerian President calls for more intra-African trade

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, Tuesday said that African businessmen must take advantage of the many investment opportunities in the continent to improve economic and political relations involving their countries.

Addressing the outgoing Botswana High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Clifford Sigel Maribe, during his farewell visit to the Presidential Villa, Abuja, President Jonathan called for more trade and investment among African countries as a way of strengthening relationships and promoting the welfare of citizens.

Jonathan expressed happiness with the report that the business forum held in Gaborone, Botswana, during his visit last month had started yielding positive results, stating that exploratory business visits between Nigerian and Botswana businessmen had commenced.

He congratulated Mr. Maribe for completing the construction of Kenya’s Chancery and staff housing, describing this as “a mark of your confidence in us and our relationship”.

Responding, the outgoing High Commissioner told President Jonathan that the business forum had now generated interest among participants.

He said his tenure in Nigeria had led to stronger relations between the two countries, including high-level visits by the leaders of both countries, and expressed appreciation for the cooperation he enjoyed during his stay.

During a similar audience, President Jonathan told the outgoing Kenyan High Commissioner, Mr. Francis K. A. Sigel, that the warm political relations between the two countries should be strengthened through more high-level visits.

The President said there was the need to improve economic relations between Nigeria and Kenya.


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