The General Manager/ Chief Executive officer of Enugu State Investment Development Authority (ESIDA); Hon. Chibuzor Okafor engaged with Russian Business Communities, Trade Associations and representatives of the Government of the Federation of Russian in the Russian Capital of Moscow on 03rd September 2021 in the Russian Capital of Moscow.
The Meeting which took place at the Office of the Moscow Entrepreneur Association, Moscow was organized by The Presidential Adviser for Middle East and Africa and Head of the International Affairs Committee for International Alliance, a Specialized Agency in the Presidency of the Russian Federation for International Business Development.
In attendance were Delegates from the Committee for International Alliance, Moscow Entrepreneurs Association, the Import and Export Association of Russia, the NPC of the NPO “SPETSZASHITA”(Union of the manufacturers of special health protection equipment), the Full State Councilor of the 1st class of the Russian Federation and Doctor of Law, Professor, and a Trade Consultant and Translator for the Russian Federation,
The Organizer in his opening remarks introduced the delegates from the participating Organizations and emphasized that the purpose of the Meeting was to create an enabling platform for Russian companies and Organizations seeking to locate their businesses in Africa/Nigeria. He stated that a host of Russian Companies, manufacturers, Trade Unions etc. are seeking to take their businesses to Africa, and Nigeria is of huge interest to them. He mentioned the Union of the manufacturers of special health protection equipment as one of the Unions whose members are eager to come to Nigeria. Others are members of the Pharmaceutical clusters, Agriculture/Farmers Union, Manufacturers, Technology and Digital economy companies etc. He also stated that Russia is seeking to produce their Vaccines abroad to help African countries combat infectious diseases like the Corona Virus Disease . He stated that the Russian “Sputnik” has proven to be the most effective Covid 19 Vaccine, with no side-effect, complications or fatality. This is because the Vaccine was produce from natural properties.
The Delegations from Moscow Entrepreneurs Association, the Import and Export Association of Russia and Union of the manufacturers of special health protection equipment Russia were keen to know what support is available to them, Tax incentives available, Laws, Policies, regulatory frameworks and specific market requirements in their various sectors.
Hon. Chibuzor Okafor in his response assured the Delegates of a conducive business environment in Enugu State. He listed the numerous achievements of His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi in the areas of Ease of Doing Business, Investment Promotion, Security and Infrastructure. Hon. Chibuzor Okafor also assured them that the platforms of the Enugu State investment Development Authority (ESIDA), The Enugu State Ease of Doing Business Council (ES-EoDBC)’s Secretariat and the One Stop Investment Center (OSIC) will be deployed to provide them with all necessary support.
The Meeting deliberated on the proposed Russia- Nigeria Economic Council to be headquartered in Enugu, South East Nigeria to facilitate Trade, Investments, Education, Culture and Social cooperation between the Russia Federation and Nigeria.
In his closing remarks, the Full State Councilor of the 1st Class of the Russian Federation ,
and Doctor of Law, Professor extended his warm compliments to the Governor of Enugu State; His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi. He stated that they are aware of his political profile as an experienced Politician and former Member of the Parliament. He emphasized his conviction that Enugu State would be a good host for the Russia- Nigeria Economic Council and also a good launch pad for their Businesses into Nigeria and Africa.
Source: The Enugu State Investment Development Authority (ESIDA)