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Nigeria Has Excelled At Creating International Relationships, Says US Diplomat Greene

He claims that a $22 million program has been launched to support Nigeria’s Cocoa sector.

The US Embassy Chargé d’Affaires in Nigeria, David Greene spoke on the US -Nigeria bilateral relationship in under the Bola Tinubu administration.

Tinubu has taken several actions to attract international investors with the aim of achieving national reform and development. 

In the 2022 US-Africa leaders summit, American President Joe Biden promised to deepen international relations within the continent in support of its development.

In an ARISE NEWS interview on Monday, Greene said the focus is on Nigeria due to it being the largest democracy in Africa, whereas its own success can lead to a chain effect of growth around the continent.

“The US is proud of its productive partnership with Nigeria, and we do so much for every sector.

“In the two decades since the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has been operational, the US has invested $8 billion in Nigeria which has led Nigeria to being on the verge of epidemic control of HIV. Nigeria will meet UN targets for HIV control by 2025. We’ve got 1.6 million Nigerians on life-saving drugs.

“We firmly believe that international ties between all countries is vital for growth, development and that’s what Nigeria has been able to excel at.”

Greene also stated that to achieve economic growth, Nigeria would need proper fiscal and macro economic management as well as a strong campaign against corruption in the system.

He pointed out that the influx of US-based tech companies into Nigeria is a great source of investment into the country targeted at cultivating talent and creating job opportunities.

He also said that both nations are in collaboration to aid improvement of agriculture in Nigeria as well as other countries they are in relations with. 

The USAID has allegedly put in up to ;$200 million into the agricultural sector to create opportunities and aid in purchasing of resources.  

This includes a $22 million-program to launch the cocoa sector, the second largest export in Nigeria, according to the Greene.

Glamour Adah.

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