The United Kingdom plans to deepen its trade relations with Nigeria, arguably West Africa’s most famous nation. The UK’s revamped efforts were made clear at GTR West Africa 2019, a high profile forum and an initiative of the Global Trade Review.
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West African trade industry stakeholders, business leaders and GTR representatives convened in Lagos, Nigeria this week, with a packed agenda ahead.
The affair is aimed at addressing regional business trends, including hard currency liquidity conditions, infrastructure development and the post-election political terrain.
At the forum, Delegates split into workshop groups to discuss topics around pinpointing regional hotspots for trade and industrial development.
GTR’s first panel discussed efforts in promoting economic growth through efficient trade. The panel included Foluso Ayo-Olaiya of Citibank Nigeria, Ozoemena Nnaji of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Yewande Sadikuof the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission, Madhukar Khetan of Dufil Prima Foods and Fateh Apeh Fateh from Nigeria Customs, who provided their views on the topic at hand.
As day one of the event came to a close, GTR affirmed its optimism for attendees to boost their professional networks and add their voice to the discussions.
Day one of GTR West Africa 2019 concluded with a closing address from Louis Taylor, Chief Executive of UK Export Finance (UKEF) – the UK’s export credit agency. He spoke in regard to the future of UK-Nigeria trade relations and expressed optimism in the two regions’ economic growth prospects.