Buhari hosts Netherland’s Prime Minister In Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari and Prime Minister Mark Rutte of Netherlands have agreed to work together to deepen trade volume, private investment and fight human trafficking among others. Buhari

Rutte is on a two-day working visit to Nigeria and is leading a trade delegation of eight Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of Dutch multinationals currently operating in Nigeria with huge investment portfolios in the agriculture, finance, oil and gas sectors. According to a statement signed by the Special Adviser, Media and Publicity to the President, Femi Adesina, the two leaders reached the agreement on Tuesday when they both met in Abuja to discuss bilateral relations between Nigeria and the Netherlands.

A communiqué issued at the end of the meeting said the two leaders reviewed the progress that has been made with implementing the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on improving the bilateral relations between the two nations concluded and signed by the respective Foreign Ministers in The Hague in July 2018.

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‘‘We welcome the steps that have been made to increase bilateral economic cooperation and are happy to see higher levels of bilateral trade volumes as well as private sector investments, ’’ the communiqué signed by Nigeria’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Netherlands, Oji Ngofa and the Deputy Head of Mission, Netherlands Embassy in Abuja, Ewout-Jan de Wit said.

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‘‘The contribution of Dutch private businesses, both global players and small, micro and medium enterprises, to the Nigerian economy is duly noted. ‘‘Investments by the Netherlands Investment Bank FMO and the Dutch Good Growth Fund are contributing to better access to finance and energy for the private sector.

‘‘Nigeria confirms its commitment to continuing reforms for a conducive business and investment environment while the Netherlands pledges to continue assisting Nigeria for an increase in agricultural productivity especially horticulture, seed, and sustainable palm oil production,’’ it added.

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