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Nigerian businesses show interest in Vietnam

VNA - A delegation of representatives of 30 Nigerian companies, led by Minister of Commerce and Industry Achike Udenwa, will visit Vietnam from April 19-25 to seek business opportunities.

These companies operate in oil and gas, energy, electricity, electronics, agricultural products, food, pharmaceuticals, garments, plastics, finance and banking, printing, mining, telecommunication, maritime, transport, construction, mechanics, auto and beauty care products. 
During its stay in Vietnam, the delegation, including leaders from Nigerian ministries and agencies, will attend a seminar on investment and business cooperation between the two countries to be held in Ho Chi Minh City  on April 20 and in Hanoi three days later. 
“The event will be a follow-up of the successful Investment and Business Forum between the two countries in  Hanoi  late last year,” said Pham Van Cong, Vietnamese Commercial Counsellor in Nigeria  . 
The seminar will offer an opportunity for Vietnamese and Nigerian businesses to exchange experiences and boost cooperation as well as realise agreements reached during last year’s forum, he added. 
According to Cong,  Nigeria  is an African market with great potential that attracts a large volume of Vietnamese goods and serves as a gateway for Vietnam to enter into West African countries. 
Early this month, 35 Nigerian businesses came to Vietnam to attend a bilateral trade promotion seminar. Speaking at the event, Charge d’ Affaires of the Nigerian Embassy in Vietnam Sani Bako affirmed that the Nigerian Embassy always facilitates Vietnamese businesses’ application for visas to study investment and trade opportunities in Nigeria. 
He also stressed that Nigeria wishes to speed up agricultural cooperation with the Southeast Asian country. 
According to the Ministry of Industry and Trade, two-way trade between Vietnam and Nigeria reached over 105 million USD in 2008 with import and export staples including rubber, electric products, footwear, plastics, handicrafts and fine arts, construction materials, raw cashew nuts, fruits, cotton and minerals./.

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