The United Kingdom (UK) and Nigeria have held trade and investment talks at the Economic and Development Forum (EDF) in London to promote trade and boost a partnership worth over £3b.
At the forum, both countries marked increased support for small and medium sized enterprises in Nigeria including the UK Manufacturing Africa programme, which has helped 12 firms in Nigeria secure foreign investment.
When these deals conclude, they will generate over $300 million in foreign direct investment (FDI) for Nigeria and directly create 5,000 jobs.
While disclosing these, the UK Minister for Trade, Penny Mordaunt said: “Nigeria is one of our long-standing and strategic partners in Africa, and I am pleased that the UK is continuing to deepen our investment relationship with one of the most vibrant and innovative economies in the continent.
“Through the Economic and Development Forum, we can demonstrate how trade is a force for good, creating jobs and prosperity and reaffirming our commitment to boost economic ties, support businesses, and grow new markets.”
Nigeria Minister for Industry, Trade and Investment, Niyi Adebayo said: “The Nigerian government is committed to implementing reforms that can attract more foreign direct investment into key industries, boost trade and development and create employment opportunities for Nigeria’s youth by leveraging technology.
“We welcome the commitment to enhancing the relationship between our two countries today and underscore the significance of deepening our bilateral trade policy relationship in a mutually beneficial manner.”
The UK and Nigeria agreed to start discussions on an Enhanced Trade Partnership (ETP) to strengthen trade and high value investment across both countries.
An official working level group will be set up to explore the benefits of an ETP in priority sectors. DIT officials expect the increased ambition to build on long standing economic ties between the UK and Nigeria, which is already worth £3.2b in 2021.