Me­dia re­portage of in­se­cu­rity im­pedes Nigeria, Pak­istan trade re­la­tion – Dan­ladi

Daily Trust - - INTERVIEW - By Romoke W. Ah­mad

Am­bas­sador Dauda Dan­ladi is the Nige­rian High Com­mis­sioner to Pak­istan. In this in­ter­view he speaks on how me­dia re­ports on the se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion in both coun­tries scared in­vestors leading to low bi­lat­eral trade be­tween the two coun­tries. He also an­nounced that the first joint min­is­te­rial com­mis­sion’s meet­ing of both coun­tries is start­ing in Abuja to­day where a num­ber of bi­lat­eral agree­ments will be de­bated upon and signed later this month when Pak­istan pres­i­dent will be vis­it­ing Nigeria. Ex­cerpt. for­eign ex­change to im­port tex­tile con­tri­bu­tion to the bi­lat­eral ma­te­ri­als. In 2013 alone we spent re­la­tions be­tween the two over $6 bil­lion in im­por­ta­tion coun­tries be­cause it has been of tex­tile ma­te­ri­als and you see more of Pak­istan do­ing this or the tex­tile in­dus­tries are av­enue that for Nigeria? to gen­er­ate huge em­ploy­ment I think we have to look at it op­por­tu­nity be­cause an aver­age in a broader sense. One, at multi tex­tile firm we get about 15 lat­eral level, the trade vol­ume is thou­sand people work­ing for about $150 bil­lion am talk­ing it, so if we can have two tex­tile about the D8 coun­tries. At in­dus­tries in each geo po­lit­i­cal bi­lat­eral level, what Nigeria has zone of the coun­try we would been of­fer­ing Pak­istan, one is the be get­ting close to 700 thou­sand mar­ket. Nigeria has huge mar­ket em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­nity with po­ten­tials and if you cap­ture the mul­ti­ply ef­fect of it on the Nige­rian mar­ket you cap­ture lo­cal com­mu­nity as well as on the the en­tire African mar­ket. If dis­trib­u­tors and re­tail­ers. they have the tech­nol­ogy and

At the end of the day, we we have the re­sources we can will also look at the bi­lat­eral air col­lab­o­rate to pro­duce and ser­vice agree­ment so that we can cap­ture the Nige­rian mar­ket have di­rect flights be­tween both in­stead of im­port­ing goods into coun­tries for easy move­ment of Nigeria. Sec­ondly, Nigeria is rich people and goods. All things been in oil and gas and Pak­istan is equal, we are ex­pect­ing again fac­ing se­ri­ous en­ergy cri­sis even for the first time in the his­tory of though they pro­duced 23,000 Nigeria the visit of the Pak­istani mega watts of elec­tric­ity but pres­i­dent to Nigeria hope­fully by be­cause of in­dus­tri­al­iza­tion they the end of April and that visit will re­quire a lot of en­ergy and that is now trans­late into the sign­ing of an­other area we of­fer in­cen­tive of what­ever agree­ment that would op­por­tu­nity to Pak­istan. Again have been reached dur­ing the Pak­istan is in­ter­ested in our palm joint com­mis­sion meet­ing. oil, we were ex­port­ing cot­ton

With the mil­i­tary co­op­er­a­tion some­times back to feed the tex­tile be­tween the two coun­tries, in in­dus­tries but as you know cot­ton what ways are they help­ing pro­duc­tion swin­dled as a re­sult each other to ad­dress in­se­cu­rity of our con­cen­tra­tion on mono chal­lenges es­pe­cially ter­ror­ism? com­mod­ity which is oil. They

A lot has been achieved in are in­ter­ested in our hide and the area of mil­i­tary co­op­er­a­tion skin and our clay. So if we can and we have an ex­ist­ing num­ber join hands it will be a win win of un­der­stand­ings and from the sit­u­a­tion for both coun­tries. 80s till now a lot of our mil­i­tary Aside hav­ing a joint tex­tile of­fi­cers have re­ceived var­i­ous fac­tory to pro­duce po­lice train­ings in Pak­istan. Re­cently uni­forms and other ma­te­ri­als in­spec­tor gen­eral of po­lice was and train­ing of Nige­rian mil­i­tary in Pak­istan who held dis­cus­sion of­fi­cers, in what other way with his coun­ter­part and vis­ited can Pak­istan as­sist Nigeria in a lot of train­ing in­sti­tu­tions. tack­ling in­sur­gency and in­ter­nal An of­fer for the train­ing of the in­se­cu­rity? Nige­rian po­lice has been made Pak­istan do­nated some es­pe­cially on var­i­ous as­pect of com­mu­ni­ca­tion equip­ments counter ter­ror­ism and soon as re­cently to the Nige­rian po­lice. As the MoU is fi­nal­ized some of our you know polic­ing, main­te­nance of­fi­cers will be re­ceiv­ing their of se­cu­rity to a large ex­tent will train­ings in Pak­istan. Again, also de­pend on how ef­fec­tive we are also look­ing at adapt­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tion net­work is do­mes­ti­ca­tion of the pro­duc­tion be­cause com­mu­ni­ca­tion is of po­lice uni­forms in Nigeria. We fun­da­men­tal to in­tel­li­gence. are look­ing at the pos­si­bil­ity of Their abil­ity to re­spond to part­ner­ing with tex­tile fac­to­ries an emer­gency sit­u­a­tion will in Pak­istan to do that here de­pend on how ef­fec­tive in Nigeria. All these are gear their com­mu­ni­ca­tion is. The to­wards con­serv­ing our for­eign equip­ments would be tested re­serves so that we can cre­ate and see. They will also in­stall op­por­tu­ni­ties for our teem­ing them free of charge and they youths in the coun­try. have of­fered free train­ing on use

What has been Nigeria’s al­ready. I be­lieve that the is­sue What is the level of Nigeria, Pak­istan bi­lat­eral re­la­tions?

Nigeria and Pak­istan have en­tered a new era of re­la­tion­ship. As you may know both coun­tries es­tab­lished re­la­tion­ship 30 years ago and we are also mem­bers of var­i­ous in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions like the D8 coun­tries, or­ga­ni­za­tion of Is­lamic coun­tries (OIC), etc. How­ever, over the years, a lot more have been achieved in terms of trade and in­vest­ment be­tween the two coun­tries. De­spite the fact that Pak­istan achieve­ment in the ar­eas of agri­cul­ture, it has over 45 thou­sand vi­brant in­dus­tries in the ar­eas of agri­cul­ture, phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals, tex­tiles, sur­gi­cal equip­ments and hos­pi­tals and the coun­try is also a nu­clear power in Asia. Pak­istan has equally achieved a lot in terms of tech­no­log­i­cal de­vel­op­ment be­cause they pro­duced hard de­fense re­quire­ments when we talk about arm and am­mu­ni­tions, lo­gis­tic re­quire­ments for the mem­bers of the armed forces and po­lice uni­forms, shoes, booths are all pro­duced lo­cally in Pak­istan. They have also been able to pro­duced ar­moured car­ri­ers, fighter jets; they just launched the thun­der GF17 air­craft which is com­pet­ing with F710. In terms of tech­no­log­i­cal de­vel­op­ment, they have gone far. So what we are try­ing to do is, as de­vel­op­ing coun­tries we know where our prob­lem lies and we will look at ar­eas where we have com­par­a­tive ad­van­tage so that we can share, de­velop our coun­tries and move for­ward. At bi­lat­eral level, I am pleased to in­form Nige­ri­ans that for the first time since we es­tab­lish our re­la­tion­ship, the joint min­is­te­rial com­mis­sion meet­ing will hold to­day and to­mor­row. This is the first time this kind of joint com­mis­sion meet­ing will take place in Nigeria in 30 years. Dur­ing the meet­ing we will be look­ing at agree­ments in the area of agri­cul­ture for ex­am­ple, fer­til­izer pro­duc­tion, farm im­ple­ments pro­duc­tion, trac­tors, soil nu­tri­ents, rice pro­cess­ing mills. In the area of tex­tile, as you know all our tex­tile in­dus­tries are not func­tional and we spend our hard earned of keep­ing the Nige­rian po­lice sourc­ing, ef­fi­cient and cheaper com­mu­ni­ca­tion equip­ments for them will go a long way in as­sist­ing them in the fight against in­sur­gency, crime and crim­i­nal­ity in the coun­try.

What is the trade vol­ume be­tween Nigeria and Pak­istan now?

Prior to my go­ing there the trade vol­ume was just $100 mil­lion. Now if you re­call last year be­tween the month of Au­gust and Septem­ber, we brought 42 in­dus­tri­al­ists to Nigeria and we toured about seven states and as a re­sult of var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties now we have reached about $500 mil­lion and this will be noth­ing com­pare to when the joint com­mis­sion meet­ing takes off then if it cu­mu­late and it be­came pos­si­ble for the pres­i­dent to lead the high del­e­ga­tion from Pak­istan to Nigeria, then we will be look­ing at bil­lions of dol­lars in­vest­ments in the near fu­ture.

How soon can the bi­lat­eral air ser­vice agree­ment be achieved?

Bi­lat­eral air ser­vice agree­ment is not a ma­jor im­ped­i­ment as such to trade and in­vest­ment like nar­ra­tives of the me­dia in terms of in­se­cu­rity that is preva­lent in both coun­tries. That has cre­ated a psy­cho­log­i­cal fear and ap­pre­hen­sion in people that make people find it dif­fi­cult to travel but let me say this, the bi­lat­eral air ser­vice agree­ment will only en­hance easy move­ment of people and people to people con­tact and re­duce the stress as­so­ci­ated with long dis­tance trav­el­ling. It will also cre­ate easy move­ment of goods and ser­vices. From all in­di­ca­tions it is not only the BASA but a lot of agree­ments that have not been in place are the ma­jor im­ped­i­ment. For in­stance, we don’t have in­vest­ment pref­er­en­tial agree­ment, none for agri­cul­ture and tex­tile in­vest­ment and so on. It is very dif­fi­cult when you are op­er­at­ing and you do not have such agree­ment in place and we have taken a bold step as a re­sult of the trans­for­ma­tion agenda of the present ad­min­is­tra­tion that an­chors eco­nomic and cit­i­zen diplo­macy as the for­eign pol­icy thrust of Nigeria and that has now open up the doors for a ro­bust en­gage­ment be­tween us and the coun­tries we are serv­ing.

What about the Nige­rian com­mu­nity in Pak­istan, how are they do­ing?

There are about 700 Nige­ri­ans liv­ing in Pak­istan some of them are mar­ried to Pak­istani and they are en­gaged in mostly in tex­tile in­dus­try and as well ex­port­ing Nigeria palm oil to Pak­istan, hide and skin and some other raw agri­cul­tural pro­duce. Of course in any so­ci­ety we have the good, bad and the ugly, we have about 30 Nige­ri­ans serv­ing in var­i­ous pris­ons in Pak­istan. Some are cases of 419 and nar­cotics and we have been us­ing the lead­ers of var­i­ous Nige­rian com­mu­ni­ties to ad­mon­ish them on the need for them to be good am­bas­sadors of their coun­try and so far so good, it has min­i­mize the in­ci­dences of Nige­ri­ans been ar­rested in Pak­istan.

Am­bas­sador Dauda Dan­ladi

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