The UK Minister for Business and Trade, Kemi Badenoch, has touched down in Nigeria to kick off a 3-day visit aimed at strengthening the ties between the UK and Nigeria.
Building on the momentum from the former Foreign Secretary’s trip to Nigeria in August 2023 and the recent UK-Nigeria Security and Defence Talks, Minister Badenoch’s visit seeks to advance the ongoing efforts to enhance the trade relationship between the UK and Nigeria and open up new avenues for investment.
During her stay in Nigeria, Minister Kemi Badenoch, accompanied by the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Nigeria, Helen Grant, will engage in discussions with the Federal Government of Nigeria, State Governors, as well as key figures from British and Nigerian business communities.
Ndidiamaka Eze, Senior Press & Public Affairs Officer | Comms Lead, Prosperity and Economic Development, expressed optimism about the visit, stating: “Nigeria is one of the UK’s key partners in Africa. Our commitment to facilitating new investment opportunities in Nigeria and fostering increased UK and international investment through the City of London underscores our dedication to job creation in both nations.”
The Minister’s agenda includes exploring existing and potential investment and trade ventures spanning sectors such as education, infrastructure, and energy projects, with the potential to generate thousands of employment opportunities.
Minister Badenoch is set to reinforce the UK-Nigeria partnership, dismantle trade barriers, boost business activities between the two nations, and ensure that the City of London’s role in facilitating international business is more accessible to Nigeria.
Dr Richard Montgomery, the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, highlighted the positive outlook for international investors due to recent significant reforms by the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Central Bank, signaling a promising trajectory for growth in the country.