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President Tinubu Advances Economic Diplomacy With Major Global Partners At G-20 Summit



President Bola Ahmed Tinubu

In the midst of the G-20 Summit’s bustling activity, Nigeria’s President Bola Ahmed Tinubu engaged actively in discussions with three integral nations in his economic development strategy aimed at promoting domestic investment and wealth generation.

BIGPEN NIGERIA ( reports that this was contained in a statement by Ajuri Ngelale, Special Adviser to the President, (Media & Publicity) which was released to newsmen on September 10, 2023.

The statement said,President Tinubu took advantage of the Summit to meet with the heads of Germany, South Korea, and India, advancing the pragmatic implementation of bilateral agreements for mutual prosperity.

He emphasised the significance of not only creating a robust financial framework for expanded economic collaboration but also aligning it with the realities of his government’s new incentives for foreign companies.

“It is not, for us, only a matter of designing the financial architecture for an expanded economic partnership. It is also about the practicality of aligning the perspectives of your large-scale manufacturers, such as Volkswagen and others, with the reality of the new incentives my government is putting in place for them to come and prosper across multiple value chains and sectors inside of our country,” the President implored.

In response to the President’s focused economic proposition, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz acknowledged the potential benefits of deepening economic ties with Nigeria, expressing his interest in visiting the country in October to further these initiatives.

“Thank you for this important discussion, Mr. President. I can appreciate this opportunity to advance our economic relations. Your market is unique and our companies have history in Nigeria. We acknowledge the business friendly reforms you have put in place. I am happy to inform you of my desire to visit you in Nigeria in October, which will allow us to carry forward these initiatives,” the German leader confided.

During his meeting with South Korea’s President, Yoon Suk Yeol, President Tinubu promptly proposed an expansion of South Korean involvement in Nigeria’s domestic manufacturing sector.

“We will leave nothing hanging. We will finalise what we agree to and we will execute. We will work point by point with you to secure rapidly implementable MoUs across sectors of partnership that will involve the active presence of your biggest firms, not just in terms of Nigerian consumption, but in local Nigerian production, from telecommunications to technology, and oil & gas,” the Nigerian leader affirmed.

President Yoon responded positively, identifying Nigeria’s education, technology, and energy sectors as particularly interesting to South Korean investors.

“I wish to commend your strong leadership, following the peaceful transfer of power to you from your predecessor and we see a stable country in West Africa that is growing in stature,” he said.

According to the statement, in a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Tinubu highlighted the opportunities for mutual learning and cooperation, particularly in the areas of agricultural development, ICT innovation, and FinTech growth.

Prime Minister Modi affirmed his commitment to this partnership and expressed his appreciation for the invitation to visit Nigeria, the statement added.

“Our teams must now stay close in touch to detail our priority areas of upscaled cooperation with respect to agriculture, defense industries capacity building, and even FinTech growth. I see your commitment. We believe there are immense prospects for Nigeria in the UPI (Unified Payments Interface) and we will ensure that we come together and make progress on these fronts very rapidly,” the Indian leader concluded.

Throughout the G-20 Summit, President Tinubu also had meaningful conversations with various global leaders, including U.S. President Joe R. Biden, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, and World Bank President Ajay Banga.

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