The Minister for Business and Trade in the United Kingdom, Kemi Badenoch has arrived in Nigeria, for a 3-day visit to deepen the UK-Nigeria partnership.
This was disclosed in a statement released by Senior Press & Public Affairs Officer and Comms Lead, Prosperity and Economic Development, Ndidiamaka Eze.
Eze in the statement, revealed that Badenoch’s visit will take forward ongoing efforts by both countries to boost the UK-Nigeria trade relationship and unlock new investment opportunities between the two countries.
The statement reads: “Minister Kemi Badenoch and the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Nigeria, Helen Grant will have meetings with the Federal Government of Nigeria, State Governors as well as British and Nigerian business leaders and investors.
“Through these meetings, she will explore current and potential investment and trade activities from education to infrastructure and energy projects, with the potential to create thousands of jobs.
“Minister Badenoch will look to further strengthen the UK-Nigeria partnership, remove barriers to trade and investment, grow business between the two countries, and ensure the City of London’s enabling role for international business is more accessible to Nigeria.”
The minister was appointed Secretary of State for the Department for Business and Trade on February 7, 2023.
Badenoch remains Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade to which she was appointed on 6 September 2022, and Minister for Women and Equalities for the Equality Hub, to which she was appointed on 25 October 2022.
The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Richard Montgomery while speaking on her visit to the country, said: “Nigeria is one of the UK’s most important partners in Africa. We are committed to helping Nigeria unlock new investment opportunities, supporting more UK and international investment through the City of London, and thereby creating jobs in both our countries.
“Recent big and bold reforms by the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Central Bank are boosting optimism amongst international investors that the country is on the right path and are creating the conditions for growth.”