Our policies’ll boost economic ties with neighbouring countries — Ambode

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State says his administration is putting finishing touches to policies that will strengthen its economic ties with neighbouring countries, especially the French-speaking countries.
The governor said the policy was a strategy to expand the state’s frontiers to accommodate investors, adding that the government would ensure that such investments were secured.
Ambode said this during a visit of the France Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Denys Gauer, to the Lagos House, Ikeja.
Gauer was accompanied by the Consulate General of France and Head of Mission, Marcel Escure; Head of Regional Economic Department, Dominique Simon; and the Commercial Counsellor, Head of Regional Economic Department in Lagos, Mr. Francis Widmer.
Ambode said, “Lagos is a major commerce city, but we have not done enough to attract bilateral trade and relationship with most of the French-speaking countries.
“We have decided that we are going to expand relationship with our neighbours and other nations and that was why we decided to set up an Office of Overseas Affairs and Investments to establish a permanent structure that allows us to have good trading, economic opportunities and relationship with all our neighbours and other nations.
“I am excited that France is interested in having more economic presence here. I am excited that Tafoo is planning to set up malls in Lagos. I am excited that Societe General Bank is coming back.”
Earlier, Gauer said France was interested in Lagos because it was the economic capital of Nigeria, as well as West Africa.
He said more French companies were considering establishing their presence in Lagos.
He said, “The greatest part of French community in Nigeria is in Lagos, not in Abuja. Our companies are all here in Lagos. We have more than 50 offices of big French companies all established here in Lagos and more are coming.”
In a related development, Ambode received the Consul General of South Africa, Ambassador Mokgethi Monaisa, who was in Lagos House, Ikeja, to intimate him on the line up of activities to mark the birthday of the late South African icon, Dr. Nelson Mandela.
The governor said his administration would also extend the frontiers of trade and economic relations with South Africa.
Speaking earlier, Monaisa noted that South Africa-Nigeria relations had come a long way not just as trade partners but as brothers and sisters.​

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