Nigeria and the Kingdom Of Netherlands have reinstated commitments to improve bilateral ties between both countries.
Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday received the Prime Minister Of Netherlands, Mark Rutte who paid a 2-day working visit to the African country.
Prime Minister Rutte is leading a trade delegation of Dutch companies working in Nigeria with huge investments.
At the meeting, both leaders reviewed the progress of the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the respective Foreign Ministers in July 2018.
“We welcome the straps that have been made to increase bilateral economic cooperation and are happy to see higher levels of bilateral trade volumes as well as private sector investments,” a communiqué signed by Nigeria’s Ambassador to the Netherlands, Ohi Ngofa and the Deputy Head Of Mission, Netherlands Embassy in Abuja, Ewout-Jan de Wit read.
According to the Communiqué, the importance of Dutch businesses to the Nigerian economy is duly noted, adding that the investments are contributing duly to the Nigerian private sectors.
The communiqué confirmed that Nigeria is fully committed to providing an enabling environment for Dutch businesses to thrive in the country.
It read: “Nigeria confirms its commitment to continuing reforms for a conducive business and investment environment.”
It also stated that the Kingdom Of Netherlands will continue to assist Nigeria in agricultural productivity especially in horticulture, seed and sustainable palm oil production.
President Buhari and Prime Minister Rutte also reiterated their commitments against Human trafficking.
The Netherlands also vowed in providing humanitarian assistance for those who are affected and displaced by insecurity and insurgencies in North-Eastern Nigeria. It also praised Nigeria’s resilience in the fight against insurgency and violence extremism in North-Eastern Nigeria.
After bilateral consultations between both countries, President Buhari and Prime Minister Rutte witnessed the signing of the Memorandum Of Understanding on dairy chain development between Royal FrieslandCampina WAMCO and the Government Of Niger State. This agreement is expected to save Nigeria an estimated $1.2billion yearly from milk importation.
Culled from www.guardian.ng