Nigeria and the United Kingdom (UK) investors signed business deals worth over £324 million (N153.4) billion that will help to create lasting new partnerships, deliver more investment, jobs and growth opportunities for people and businesses across Nigeria and the UK.
The deals were signed yesterday at the inaugural UK-Africa Investment Summit, which attracted African leaders, UK and African businesses, international institutions and young entrepreneurs.The Nigerian delegation was led by President Muhammadu Buhari,
The summit’s main focus was on sustainable energy and female participation in the economy.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson committed the UK to building long-term, sustainable relationships in Africa underpinned by the UK’s values and high standards.
Buhari held private meetings with Johnson and His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales, Prince Charles.
The trade deals signed between Nigeria and the UK, as announced during the summit, included the over N153.4 billion and new UK government assistance to grow the UK-Nigeria trade and investment partnership; significant UK commitments to support Nigeria develop an enabling environment to turbo-charge economic growth, including helping address land issues for investment; strengthening and improving the finance sector; helping entrepreneurs secure access to finance; preparing the ground for the launch in the UK of naira-denominated bonds, known as “Jollof Bonds” and developing the tech sector.
Others are substantial initiatives to accelerate the clean energy transformation in Nigeria, through enhanced technical and financial support; and strong commitments to harness private sector support for social development, particularly supporting women and young people in business.
British High Commissioner, Catriona Laing, who attended the summit, said: “Nigeria was out in force at the inaugural UK-Africa Investment Summit. President Buhari led the delegation and Nigerian businesses were well represented, ranging from world renowned figures, such as Tony Elumelu, through to female entrepreneurs running start ups.
“Nigeria has already secured billions of naira worth of deals from the summit. With the launch of an exciting range of initiatives to help investors identify opportunities in Nigeria, I am confident much more will follow.
“I am proud the summit had a strong focus on supporting female participation in the economy. In Africa, women are more likely to become entrepreneurs than men and, with a fast-growing population, Nigeria needs to harness the dynamism of its women to ensure prosperity for all its people.”