ABUJA, 28 April 2015 - The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), in partnership with the Federal Government of Nigeria, today opened an Investment and Technology Promotion Office (ITPO) in the capital of Nigeria, Abuja.
The first of its kind in Africa, the office will support Nigeria, as well as countries of the Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) on their path to inclusive and sustainable industrialization by identifying, attracting and mobilizing investments and appropriate technologies, especially for small- and medium-sized enterprises in the region.
During the inauguration ceremony, the Minister of the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Olusegun Aganga, said the establishment of the ITPO will “drive rapid industrial development, create jobs and expand the non-oil industrial base of Nigeria and of the ECOWAS region”, thus contributing to Nigeria’s focus on inclusive and sustainable industrial development.
“Nigeria has been UNIDO’s trusted partner for over 40 years. In collaboration with UNIDO’s global ITPO network, the office will open up opportunities for investors and technology suppliers, help them find potential partners and offer unique services to both entrepreneurs and business institutions,” said UNIDO Representative to Nigeria and the ECOWAS, Patrick Kormawa.
The idea to establish the ITPO in Nigeria was first discussed by the Director General of UNIDO, LI Yong, and Minister Aganga in 2014 within the framework of activities in support of the implementation of the Nigerian Industrial Revolution Plan as well as the National Enterprise Development Programme.
Other UNIDO Investment and Technology Promotion Offices are located in Bahrain, China, Japan, Italy, Russia and the Republic of Korea.
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UNIDO Field Office in Nigeria