……As UK Trade and Investment Mission Visits
Story: Mohammed Abu
The Nigerien Minister of Trade, H.E.Mr. Allache Alhada has re-echoed Niger’s numerous investment opportunities in terms of huge agriculture potential, rich mineral deposits, energy, tourism and handicrafts among others adding that, his Ministry was playing the facilitator role.
Mr. Alhada also touched on concrete measures being taken by government to create a most enabling environment for businesses and investments to thrive well in Niger.
Mr. Alhada was speaking recently in Niamey during an audience he granted to members of the UK Trade and Investment Mission to Niger in the company of Her Excellency, Ms Catherine Inglehearn MBE, the UK Ambassador to Niger alongside representatives of a number of Ghana based Nigerien diaspora owned companies and other Ghanaian companies with business interest in Niger.
The meeting was part of the programme line up of the UK Trade and Investment Mission to Niger held concurrently with the visit of the West Africa region Country Manager of the UK Export Finance, Steven Gray .
The two-day event organized under the auspices of the British Embassy in Niamey and the UK Exports Finance in collaboration with the government of Niger, drew about twelve companies from the UK as well as some local Nigerien economic operators and their Ghanaian counterparts.
Mr. Alhada noted that the essence of involving the Ghanaian economic operators during the UK Trade and Investment Mission was borne out of the fact that, Ghanaian companies had decades long experience in trade, business and financing matters as it relates to the UK. Thus, their participation he intimated, was good for the possibility of fruitful collaboration and partnership between them thereby adding value to the UK mission to Niger.
Also part of the programme line-up was audience with the Ministry of Planning, Industry, Agro-industrial pole creation among others.
There were also presentations sessions on Investment opportunities in Niger by the Niger Chamber of Commerce, Ministry of Agriculture, Mines, Hydrocarbons, energy among others as well as presentation by Her Excellency, Ms Ingleheam the British Ambassador to Niger, the West Africa regional Executive Director of UK Export Finance, Steven Grey, FCDO, DMA Invest, members of the visiting UK Trade and Investment Mission to Niger, UK Export Financing mechanisms for infrastructure among others.
The two-day programme packed event was rounded off by a visit of the UK Trade and Investment Mission led by Her Excellency, the UK Ambassador to Niger, MA Invest and members of the UK Mission to LAIT SA, Riz Du Niger,
The event was in reciprocation to an earlier Nigerien Mission to the UK.