Nigeria-Benin Investment Summit to hold in Cotonou as Peller meets with Trade and Commerce Minister

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The first edition of the Nigeria-Benin Investment Summit will hold soon in Cotonou, Republic of Benin, after final consultations with relevant stakeholders in the two countries.

This was revealed by the Oke Ogun-born Nigerian businessman cum politician, Honourable Shina Abiola Peller, in a statement he issued, shared on his verified social media platforms and with the media on Thursday, where he stressed the strong bilateral relationship between Nigeria and Benin Republic.

The former House of Representatives member who is also the Ayedero of Yorubaland, stated further that while he was in Cotonou, he met briefly with the countryโ€™s Minister for Trade and Commerce, Madame Shadiya Alimatou Assouman, to discuss the Benin-Nigeria Investment Summit.

According to the Ayedero of Yorubaland, the summit will provide a unique opportunity for researchers, policymakers and development practitioners from Nigeria, Benin Republic and other parts of Africa, to debate development and the policies required eradicate poverty in the context of the Post 2015 Africa Development Agenda.

Honourable Peller, who also witnessed the 63rd Independence anniversary of Republic of Benin, where Nigeriaโ€™s President, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu was a Special Guest of Honour, added that the summit will explore a well-orchestrated desired policy, institutional and investments frameworks for creating a conducive environment for traders and businessmen/women in the two countries to transact with ease.

The former lawmaker, who has been appointed by the organizers of the summit as a member of the organizing committee, is expected to coordinate and bring in businessmen and women from Nigeria to attend the event.

He expressed optimism that the administration of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu will give necessary support to every initiative targeted at enhancing trade and commerce between foreign investors/traders and Nigerian businessmen and women.

His statement read in full:

โ€œYesterday, I had the privilege of witnessing the 63rd Independence Anniversary of Republic of Bรฉnin, where our president, His Excellency, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, was a Special Guest of Honour.

โ€œIt was a memorable event and the presence of President Tinubu, Nigerian State governors from Oyo, Lagos, Ogun, Kwara, Kebbi and Niger as well as Nigerian businessmen, including myself, is a testament to a strong bilateral relationship between Nigeria and Benin Republic.

โ€œAlso during my visitation to Republic of Benin, I had the privilege of meeting briefly with the countryโ€™s Minister for Trade and Commerce, Madame Shadiya Alimatou Assouman, where we spoke about the proposed Nigeria-Benin Investment Summit which will come up soon in Cotonou after final consultations with relevant stakeholders.

โ€œThe Summit will provide a unique opportunity for researchers, policymakers and development practitioners from Nigeria, Benin republic and other parts of Africa, to debate development and the policies required to eradicate poverty in the context of the Post 2015 Africa Developmental Agenda in particular with a focus on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

โ€œAlso, it will serve as a platform to establish the means to realize Africaโ€™s ambitious agenda on inclusive growth within social groups, most especially, as it concerns the youth, women and children.

โ€œThe Summit will explore a well-orchestrated desired policy, institutional and investments frameworks for reducing poverty and creating a conducive environment for traders and businessmen/women in the two countries to transact with ease.

โ€œHaving been appointed by the organizers of the summit as one of the organizing committee members, Iโ€™m saddled with the responsibility of coordinating and bringing in businessmen and women from Nigeria to attend the event.โ€

โ€œI am very confident that the administration of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu will not hesitate to give necessary support to every initiative targeted at strengthening trade and commerce between Nigerian businessmen/women and foreign traders and investors.โ€

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