Lagos woos French investors
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to improve economic relations between Nigeria and France by encouraging more French companies to invest in the state.
He spoke when he received the French Ambassador to Nigeria, Denys Gauer and a group of French investors under the Movement of the Enterprises of France (MEDEF) led by its chairman, Perre Gattaz.
In his remarks, the French Ambassador said there were several economic opportunities that could be mutually beneficial to Nigeria and France, adding that language and cultural differences must not be allowed to hinder relations between the two countries.
Leader of the investors, Gattaz said he led the team to Lagos to discuss areas of business partnership. He said the team had been to Eko Atlantic City and other trade zones to see how they could partner with Lagos, adding that it would be of great advantage if Governor Ambode could identify areas of possible collaboration.
Responding, Ambode said the visit was very important because of the realisation that both France and Nigeria shared many things.
“The traits that we share I believe, would further enhance the economic growth and development of the two countries. Your presence here signifies a paradigm shift,” he said. The governor reiterated his commitment to create an enabling environment for businesses to thrive in the state.