Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo. SAN, GCON launched the Nigerian Economic Diplomacy initiative (NEDi) yesterday 05 April 2018.
Nigerian Economic Diplomacy Initiative (NEDi) is an electronic platform for business and skilled labour facilitation and matchmaking as well as trade and investment promotion. It is a tool aimed to accelerate growth and wealth creation and also to facilitate diaspora brain drain.
NEDi is an initiative of the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs supported by the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment and in collaboration with the Nigeria Export Promotion Council and Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission.
In her goodwill message, Ms Yewande Sadiku, Executive Secretary/CEO, NIPC acknowledged the need for government agencies to work in synergy to fast track economic development and sustainable wealth creation. She said NEDi is an initiative the Commission strongly support because of the potential it holds in facilitating investments into the country. She further informed the audience of some of the initiatives the NIPC was working on; iGuide Nigeria, Investment Profiling Project and the platform for investor connect. She concluded by emphasizing her believe that technology has a huge influence in today’s doing business.
In his speech to launch the Initiative, His Excellency, Prof Yemi Osinbajo stressed the commitment of the Government to the use of international diplomacy for the economic and social development of the country. He said the government would sustain engagement with the private sector in all its negotiations for bilateral agreements and treaties.
While stressing the commitment of government to the implementation of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, he emphasized that government would continue to build a business environment that would support private sector development and sustainable wealth creation in the economy.
The event was attended by a cross-section of the Diplomatic Community, the Organised Private Sector, Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies, and other stakeholders.