Switzerland to strengthen relations with Nigeria in non-oil sector

– Swiss government promised to strengthen relations with Nigeria in the non-oil sector – The outgoing Swiss Ambassador to Nigeria, Eric Mayoraz, disclosed this in Abuja – Mayoraz also listed achievements of Switzerland in Nigeria The Swiss government is to strengthen its relations with Nigeria in the non-oil sectors in line with the federal government’s diversification agenda. The Swiss ambassador to Nigeria, Eric Mayoraz, made this known in an interview on the occasion of the 727th anniversary of the Swiss Confederation and a farewell reception in his honour in Abuja, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. Mayoraz, who has served in Nigeria for three years, said that both countries have made “concrete achievements” in their bilateral relations. The envoy said that Nigeria was a main exporter of oil to Switzerland and both countries were working to diversify relations in other sectors. “In 2015 we opened a new economic consulate in Lagos and created a Swiss-Nigeria council, like a chamber of commerce. “There is Lafarge Nigeria cement factory; Nestle Nigeria Plc that produces consumables; there are pharmaceuticals companies and companies in new technologies as well. “This is a very diverse and open scope of economic relations; I know there are Swiss investors in the agriculture field; there are Swiss-Nigeria joint ventures in Jos, Plateau and Kaduna states that are trying to promote the value of potatoes. “We do not only deal in oil, though it is mainly what we import from Nigeria, and the Swiss companies here produce mainly for the Nigeria market.” He also recalled major achievements in the bilateral relations of both countries in the last three years which included the visit of high-level delegations from both parties to facilitate partnerships in diverse areas. “The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on annual high-level bilateral consultation and political human rights and migration consultation is also an achievement. “We had the repatriation of 322 million dollars of the Abacha-loot and we also signed MoU on mutual legal assistance to[…]

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