The Access Bank UK has recently sponsored the UK – Nigeria Trade & Investment Forum organised by the Developing Markets Associates (DMA). The event took place on the 24th April and welcomed a delegation of senior representatives from the Government of Nigeria for the UK-Nigeria Trade & Investment Forum 2018. Hon Okechukwu Enelamah, Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment opened the forum with his keynote address on the partnership opportunities between the UK and Nigeria.
The event focused on deepening the capital market relationships between the two countries with views from the London Stock Exchange, the Rt Hon Charles Bowman, Lord Mayor of the City of London, Prudential and KPMG.
A spotlight on trade policy, featuring Ambassador Chiedu Osakwe, Nigeria’s chief trade negotiator and Paul Walters, Deputy Director of the Trade Policy Unit within the UK Department for International Development, gave insight into how this in particular is expected to develop over the short and medium term, to the benefit of the bilateral business environment.
The final discussion was led by Geoffrey Onyeama the Minister of Foreign Affairs and was focused on the investment opportunities in Nigeria. The plenary sessions on the economy, energy and the infrastructure filled out the picture for attendees, demonstrating the business already being done between the two countries and the potential for what could be done in the future.