Belgian Ambassador to Nigeria, Amb. Daniel Bertrand has said Nigeria remains one of Africa’s prime destination for investments due to its largest economy in the region and been a regional leader in science and technology.
Amb. Bertrand disclosed this when he paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu in his office on Friday in Abuja.
He said: “Nigeria is Africa’s prime destination for investments, as it is the largest economy in Africa and a regional leader in science and technology.
“Nigeria has a lot of business potentials, as business people from his country are interested in investing in Nigeria.”
In his remarks, the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu said that Nigeria and the Kingdom of Belgium will deepen their already existing cordial and warm relationship for mutual gains in the development of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI).
The minister briefed the Belgian envoy on the role of his ministry in other to spearhead the transformation of Nigeria’s economy to a knowledge and innovation-based one.
He further highlighted the efforts of the Federal government to improve Nigeria’s manufacturing capacity and the agricultural value chain.
Onu assured the envoy that the Federal Government is working hard to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty by the turn of the decade, adding that through more investment in Science, Technology and Innovation (STI), the per capita income and Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Nigeria will improve.
While assuring the envoy that Nigeria is a prime destination for investment and expressed optimism on interested Belgian investors that want to invest in the country to do so.