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Thursday, 11 October 2012

UNIDO and Government of Nigeria organize investment forum in Japan

TOKYO, 11 October 2012 – Investment opportunities in Nigeria were discussed today at a forum organized by the Government of Nigeria and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization’s Investment and Technology Promotion Office in Tokyo (UNIDO-ITPO Tokyo).

The one-day event attracted over 150 Japanese investors and development partners, allowing Nigerian participants to engage with potential development partners and investors in the agribusiness, health, manufacturing, and power sectors.

The UNIDO Representative to Nigeria, Patrick Kormawa, said that  investment opportunities in the agribusiness value chain in Nigeria and policy incentives have been put in place by the Government. He also proposed on how UNIDO-ITPO and Nigeria could best facilitate investment.

Kiyoshi Kodera, the Vice President of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the President of Kaiho Sangyo Co. Ltd., commended UNIDO for co-organizing the forum and for providing technical assistance to promote technology access, knowledge and trade.

Participants from the Nigerian Government included the Managing Director of the Bank of Industry, Evelyn Oputu; the Federal Minister of Trade and Industry, Olusegun Aganga; the Federal Minister of State for Power, Darius Ishaku; the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Lamido Sanusi Lamido; and Nigeria’s Ambassador to Japan, Godwin Agbo.

Business and development partners from Japan included representatives from Kaiho Sangyo Co. Ltd, the Vice President of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Kiyoshi Kodera, and Kenji Tokoki, the Director of the Middle East and Africa Division of the Japanese Ministry of International Trade and Industry MITI.

For more information, please contact:

Patrick Kormawa
UNIDO Representative, Nigeria, and Director, Regional Office
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