By Lubem Gena
The Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) in collaboration with Nigeria-Russia Business Council (NRBC) and Expotech Tour Ltd of Russia are organising Nigeria-Russia Business Forum, (NRBF) 2019 which promises to be an important platform for entrepreneurs and investors who are active in the rapidly growing economies.
In a joint press release from ACCI and NRBC, Nigeria and Russia are very important countries and valuable markets for the producers of products; in goods and services.
Quoting the President of the Chamber, Prince Adetokunbo Kayode, the release said primary focus of the NRBF is to give special attention to economic issues and sectors like industrialisation, agriculture, agro-processing, fertilizer, health, telemedicine, railway value chain (coaches, wagons, rolling stocks, equipment and accessories), fibre reinforcement, tourism, banking/finance, investment, metal/foundries, training and commodity marketing.
Several reputable companies both in Nigeria and Russia operating in the various sectors will be joined in discussions with the aim of transferring knowledge and deepening economic diplomacy.
It will serve as a platform where products and services meets customers, Business to Business (B2B) meetings which will provide the perfect opportunity to network and cultivate lasting business relationships and strategic partnerships.
The event is scheduled to hold from Monday, 20th-Tuesday 21st May, 2019 at the ACCI International Trade and Convention Centre located on KM8 Shehu Musa Yar’Adua (Airport) Road, Abuja.
The forum will also feature interactive business communication, signing of Memorandum of Understandings (MOUs), access to potential buyers and future clients; presentation of innovative products and developments; as well as provide an ideal setting for the both Nigeria and Russia to improve their economies in addition to promotion and consumption of products locally produced between the two countries, it was further explained.
The Russian delegation is jointly led by business forum which is also jointly led by Nigerian Ambassador in Moscow, Prof. Stephen Ugbah who has worked very hard with his team at the Embassy to facilitate the event.
ACCI had in December last year signed an agreement in Moscow with Russia Nigeria Business Forum (RNBF) to organise this event and others upcoming ones.
Both parties had used the occasion of the meetings to renew the need for deepening trade relationship between Nigeria and Russia and also a preparatory ground to specifically express readiness to work with each other in a manner that would revive the old economic ties that existed between the two countries.
Prince Kayode in all the meetings called for a refocused relationship between the countries not to be one based on trading in finished goods only but also work on critical areas like setting up manufacturing industries, agro-processing, steel and metallurgy, automobile, oil and gas and technology transfer to Nigeria.