The Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC) says it is working with relevant agencies under the coordination of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment to organise Nigeria’s participation at the 2020 World Expo in Dubai.
The Acting Executive Secretary of NIPC, Mr Emeka Offor, told newsmen on Wednesday in Abuja, that the expo would attract countries, multilateral organisations and businesses to foster creativity, innovation and solutions to universal problems.
According to Offor, over 25 million visitors from 192 countries are expected to participate at the expo scheduled from Oct. 1 to March 31, 2022 with the theme “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”.
Acknowledging the importance of the expo to showcase Nigeria’s trade and investment opportunities, Offor said that Nigeria would be hosting a trade and investment forum, as one of the side events at the expo.
“The forum would be held from Dec. 4 to Dec. 6, 2021 at the Dubai Exhibition Centre. There is need to leverage the expo to showcase Nigeria’s trade and investment opportunities.
“Nigeria is one of the countries participating in the Expo and several programmes and activities have been lined up, among which is the Nigerian Trade and Investment Forum.
“This is to take advantage of the massive gathering of people from around the world, to attract investment into several sectors of the Nigerian economy, particularly agriculture, oil and gas, power, transportation, technology and manufacturing among others,’’ Offor said.
Mr Emmanuel Adeshina, Director Investment Promotion, NIPC, said that the Nigerian Forum, themed “Unveiling Investment Opportunities in Nigeria”, was expected to present the positive image of Nigeria as an investor’s haven.
Adeshina added that the forum would also present investment opportunities in Nigeria to global investors for the purpose of getting them to invest in the country.
“It will also present an opportunity to global investors to share their experience about the Nigerian business environment, in a way that will lead to an improvement in the environment and also attract other investors.
“We further expect to give the government an opportunity to inform the global investors about the efforts being made and successes recorded in its efforts at improving the investment environment.
“Match make investment opportunities in Nigeria with global investors,’’ Adeshina said.