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Nigeria, UK to strengthen bilateral trade

The UK Minister for Exports and Minister for Equalities, Mike Freer MP, will visit Nigeria this week to further strengthen the trade and economic ties between the two countries.

A statement by the British High commission in Abuja says the visit follows shortly after the seventh UK and Nigeria Economic Development Forum which held last month which was hosted by the UK’s Minister of State for Trade Policy, Penny Mordaunt in London.

It says Minister Freer’s visit to Nigeria will include meetings with government officials and leading business representatives to discuss opportunities for UK Export Finance to help facilitate infrastructure development projects as well as explore the growing commercial opportunities in key sectors, including renewable energy, financial services, manufacturing, technology, security, infrastructure, and the creatives.

It explains that during his trip, Minister Freer will visit the Apapa Port, Nigeria’s largest and busiest port, to learn more about the challenges and opportunities to support trade facilitation between the UK and Nigeria.

The visit will also include a meeting and tour of Eko Atlantic, Nigeria’s first Green City, to explore ways in which the UK can help support Nigeria’s transition to clean energy.

While in Lagos, the Minister will also visit the UK pavilion at the Securex West Africa Conference, Africa’s largest exhibition for security, fire, and safety industry professionals, where he will meet with leading British business representatives showcasing their innovative cyber security solutions.

 Reporting by Hamza Alkali, Editing by Omotola Oguneye