The first edition of the Nigeria-Benin Investment Summit will hold soon in Cotonou, Republic of Benin, after final consultations with relevant stakeholders in the two countries.
This was revealed by the Oke Ogun-born Nigerian businessman cum politician, Shina Abiola Peller, in a statement he shared on his verified social media platforms and with the media, where he stressed the strong bilateral relationship between Nigeria and Benin Republic.
The former House of Representatives member who is also the Ayedero of Yorubaland, stated further that while he was in Cotonou, he met briefly with the country’s minister for Trade and Commerce, Shadiya Alimatou Assouman, to discuss the Benin-Nigeria Investment Summit.
According to Peller, the summit will provide a unique opportunity for researchers, policymakers and development practitioners from Nigeria, Benin Republic and other parts of Africa, to debate development and the policies required to eradicate poverty in the context of the post 2015 Africa Development Agenda in particular with a focus on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
“Also, it will serve as a platform to establish the means to realise Africa’s ambitious agenda on inclusive growth within social groups, most especially, as it concerns the youth, women and children.
“The Summit will explore a well-orchestrated desired policy, institutional and investments frameworks for reducing poverty and creating a conducive environment for traders and businessmen/women in the two countries to transact with ease.
“Having been appointed by the organisers of the summit as one of the organising committee members, I’m saddled with the responsibility of coordinating and bringing in businessmen and women from Nigeria to attend the event.”
Peller, who also witnessed the 63rd Independence anniversary of Republic of Benin, where Nigeria’s President, Bola Ahmed Tinubu was a Special Guest of Honour, added that the summit would explore a well-orchestrated desired policy, institutional and investments frameworks for creating a conducive environment for traders and businessmen/women in the two countries to transact with ease.
The former lawmaker, who has been appointed by the organisers of the summit as a member of the organising committee, is expected to coordinate and bring in businessmen and women from Nigeria to attend the event.
He expressed the optimism that the administration of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu will give necessary support to every initiative targeted at enhancing trade and commerce between foreign investors/traders and Nigerian businessmen and women.