La­gos woos French in­vestors

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Femi Aki­nola, La­gos

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.

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