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Buhari, Emefiele, Dapo Abiodun, Rabiu, Others Storm Paris For Nigeria International Partnership Forum

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Buhari, Emefiele, Dapo Abiodun, Rabiu, Others Storm Paris For Nigeria International Partnership Forum

November 11
07:10 2021

The one-day forum brought together the Nigerian and French governments and private sectors in wide-ranging discussions focused on security, regional stability, trade and industrialization.

It aims to attract investment to Nigeria, and bridge existing infrastructure gaps. Also spotlight Nigeria’s immense trade and investment opportunities, reset false and distorted narratives about Nigeria, and shed light on the efforts, initiatives and successes achieved in both the public and private sectors, as the country charts a trajectory of recovery from the Covid-19 induced global economic downturn.

President Muhammadu Buhari has assured that Nigeria is on the right path to achieving multi-sectoral progress, saying he has revitalised Nigeria’s economy, built massive infrastructure, uplifted the living standards of Nigerians.

The President gave the assurance on Wednesday in Paris at the Nigeria International Partnership Forum (NIPF), a high-level event on the sidelines of the Paris Peace Forum.

The president said the administration had revitalised the economy by increasing investments in capacity building, health, infrastructure, women’s empowerment, climate change and food security.

“Today, these actions are yielding self-employment, expanding our human resource pool and strengthening our national productivity for sustainable development.

“Recognising the importance of security to a nation’s risk profile, we re-assessed and updated our National Security Strategy in 2019.

“The implementation of this multi-sectoral strategy has contributed to the progress we have made in fighting insurgents and terrorists in the North East of the country.

“Working closely with international partners, we are firmly addressing the root causes of crimes, and taking measures to prevent and counter violent extremism,” the president said

Abdul Samad Rabiu, the chairman of BUA Group has called for a tripartite partnership between the African private sector, government and finance institutions to fast-track growth and development in Nigeria, and in Africa.

According to Rabiu, who is the President of the France Nigeria Business Council, this partnership will identify sustainable solutions to the issues of infrastructure, climate and industrialization.

He also said, “the Nigeria Partnership Forum is timely and a welcome development – especially for Nigeria and the rest of Africa, in the face of increasing global economic uncertainty and challenges brought about by the latest global pandemic.

“Numerous opportunities for global partnerships exist across Nigeria and Africa. Key amongst this is in the infrastructure space”.

According to Governor Dapo Abiodun at the event “For us, this is also a core avenue to promote our Administration’s #BuildingOurFutureTogether agenda and better position the Gateway State, which is adjudged the Investment Capital of Nigeria for more foreign direct investments”.

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