President Bola Tinubu has given an assurance that Nigeria was ready to do business with interested countries across the globe.
Speaking on Wednesday while receiving Chinese President’s Special envoy and Vice Chairperson, Standing Committee of National People’s Congress, People’s Republic of China, Peng Qinghua, at the State House, Abuja, the President said Nigeria is open for business and constructive partnerships, and would do business with any country ready to do business with the country.
He promised that his administration would work to promote ease of doing business.
According to him: “We need accelerated growth and we are ready to do business honestly with those ready to do business with us.”
He also promised to continue championing democracy in West Africa as well as fighting terrorism and other criminal elements in the country.
His words: “We will continue to work to promote democracy in the West African sub-region. I’m a product of democracy and shall work day and night to advance democracy.
“We will fight terrorism and all forms of criminality.
We can learn from each other, but we will remain non-aligned.”
The Chinese President XI Jinping had earlier pledged increased economic cooperation with Nigeria, saying the country is important to Africa and the world.
Represented by his Special Envoy, Peng Qinghua, who met with President Tinubu, said the two countries at present had good bilateral relations and economic cooperation, noting that Chinese companies were doing well in Nigeria in railways, roads, hydropower and free trade zones.
While commending President Tinubu’s plan to lead Nigeria to a new era of economic development and prosperity, the Chinese envoy, however, said there were areas where Nigeria could benefit from China.
He called on the two countries to share ideas and align strategies, urging President Tinubu to also create more conducive environment for investment.
The Chinese delegation included her Ambassador to Nigeria, Cui Jianchun and Minister-Counselor Zhang Yi.
Deji Elumoye in Abuja