Nigeria and the Republic of Cuba have renewed commitment to strengthen their economic relations in the areas of agriculture, health care, medical tourism, pharmaceuticals, and sports business.
The Cuban Ambassador to Nigeria, Carlos Saso, while on a courtesy visit to the President of the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), Adetokunbo Kayode, underscored the need to galvanise resources for more joint economic activities in the health industry, agriculture and sports.
Cuba, he assured, was also interested in the manufacture of critical vaccines in Nigeria, to tackle endemic ailments like Hepatitis B and C, Meningitis, Lassa fever and diabetes, as well as establishment of Cuban-Nigerian joint venture hospitals in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Accompanied by Ms. Leydis Suarez, Deputy Head of Mission, the envoy also expressed interest in developing a strategic relationship with ACCI in these areas to exponentially improve commercial activities and enhance the balance of trade between Nigeria and Cuba.
In response, Kayode thanked the envoy for the demonstration of genuine interest in improving the economic ties between Nigeria and Cuba.
“This is in line with the strategic plan of the Chamber to forge strong ties with international business community to develop joint ventures and enhance foreign direct investment,” he noted.
He urged the international community to work with Nigeria in all areas of business, “especially now that the environment is getting better and there is the market and a young as well as the dynamic workforce”.
His words: “The Chamber is also encouraging Public Private Partnerships (PPP). The government now realises that the organised private sector (OPS) and the public sector exist to advance the economy and the general good of the country, hence the renewed and on-going effort at ease of doing business programme, which is improving and enabling business environment in Nigeria.”