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NBCC to strengthen Nigeria-Belgium business relations

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Thursday, 20 November 2014

NBCC to strengthen Nigeria-Belgium business relations

As part of the ways to celebrate the inauguration of the new board of the Nigerian Belgian Chamber of Commerce (NBCC), the Chamber has also formed the Nigerian-Belgian business club, a parallel body that will equally support the activities and objectives of the Chamber. This will help further promote mutual business interest between Belgium and Nigeria and bring to bear areas of strengths that can be leveraged upon by the business communities of both nations. Speaking during the inauguration of new board members, Tunde Okoya, president of the Nigerian Belgian Chamber of Commerce, said there are similarities between these two nations, the most obvious being Belgium’s role as the gateway to Europe and Nigeria, has now become the gateway to Africa by virtue of its being the largest economy on the continent.

While explaining the chamber’s action plans, Okoya noted that for starters, it is the intention of the chamber to have a breakfast meeting every two months at the Signature Hotel to discuss topical issues of the day that will have an impact in the economy, thereby having a platform for the exchange of ideas.  Okoya further explained that as board members, they have the opportunity to visit several Belgian companies operating in Nigeria for decades so they can begin to understand the impact they are making in the real economy especially in terms of creating employment and adding real value, adding that such companies includes Presco oil, Nigerite, Okomu Oil, Dredging International, amongst others. “One of our key objectives is to also organise a trade mission to visit Belgium twice a year with one of the foremost destinations being Port of Antwerp. I understand that most of the crude oil shipped out of Nigeria goes through this strategic point in Europe and the rest of the world. We intend to see how we can benefit from the expertise in terms of maritime training and development to strengthen our domestic capacities,” he revealed.

Source: businessdayonline.com