Swiss govt lauds Edo on reforms, investment

The Swiss Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Georg Steiner, has said Edo State will attract the Swiss business community in Nigeria with reforms initiated by Governor Godwin Obaseki.

He spoke with state officials at the Government House in Benin during a visit.

They are Commissioner for Minerals, Oil and Gas Joseph Ikpea; Commissioner for Wealth Creation and Cooperatives Felix Akhabue; and Senior Special Assistant on Investment Promotion and Head of Edo State Investment Promotion Office (ESIPO) Kelvin Uwaibi.

Others include the Focal Person, Ease of Doing Business, Kenny Aliu and Focal Person, Benin Enterprise Park Deborah Okunbor.

The ambassador noted that the Swiss government had a large investment in Lagos, where its business community and the Consulate-General are situated.

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He added that Edo’s proximity to Lagos and the economic transformation by Obaseki showed the potential of the state to attract Swiss investors.

Steiner, who initiated a meeting of state officials with the Consulate-General and the Switzerland-Nigerian Business Community in Lagos to showcase investment opportunities in the state, noted that the government’s efforts to drive development, power reforms, urban renewal, housing and other relevant information to investors were impressive.

He said: “We have a consulate in Lagos with so many businesses. From the point of view of Switzerland, we have a keen focus on what makes Nigeria interesting. Many of us are in the field of machinery, pharmaceuticals, nutrition and others. There is a huge market in Nigeria. I think the position of Edo State is good, and I think it is good to see that the positioning of the state can be strengthened even better.

“Being relatively close to the fifth largest economy in Africa, there is a great opportunity for the economy to grow. At your disposal, feel free to request our consulate in Lagos, and the Switzerland Nigeria Business Community, which is about 50 in number to identify common grounds of benefits for both sides.”

Uwaibi noted that Edo State boasts of opportunities in petrochemicals, natural gas, oil palm, cocoa, rubber, tourism, among others.

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