Nigeria to foster economic ties with China

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ABUJA –  Vice President Namadi Sambo on Friday says the established Nigeria-China Joint Commission is to be upgraded into a Bi- level to enhance greater economic ties China.

Sambo stated this during an audience a Chinese delegation led by the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China, Zhang Ming, at the House, Abuja.

The delegation is in Nigeria to lay the groundwork for the forth coming visit of the Chinese Premier, Li Keqiang, to Nigeria and to consolidate the existing ties between the two countries.

While welcoming the delegation, Sambo noted Nigeria and the Republic of China established a long standing relationship far back as 1971.

“Nigeria currently stands as the third place trading partner China in Africa and is aspiring to be the number one trading partner.’’

He appreciated ongoing relationship with the Chinese company collaborating in partnership with the Defence Industry Corporation of Nigeria (DICON) in the installation of ammunition protection lines, mass production of hardware and other armored personnel carriers and clothing.

He said the Nigerian government was in support the reform programme of the Chinese Prime Minister.

“Nigeria fully associates itself with the attainment of the goal of the Beijing Declaration, an action plan for the 2013-2015 programme as solicits for more of Chinese government through focus towards Africa’s development in the interests of two countries and humanity in general,’’ he added.

Sambo called for support and cooperation of the Chinese authority, and Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and China’s Ambassador to Nigeria to meet and ways to improve on the visa relationship.

He said Nigeria looks forward to the forthcoming visit of the premier and his wife.

Earlier, the Chinese vice minister, had informed vice president that the Chinese premier would be attending the forthcoming African Summit of the World Economic Forum in Nigeria.

According to him, during the premier’s visit, which coincides with the African Summit of the World Economic Forum in Nigeria, China has plans to buttress its existing cooperation with Nigeria and improve on China’s existing investments in Nigeria.

Present at the meeting were the China’s Ambassador to Nigeria, Gu Xzaozee; Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Aminu Wali; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Power, Godknows Igali; and others. (NAN)