Nigeria – British Trade To Hit N1.920 trillion In 2014

gov.fashola.lagosThe new British Deputy High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Peter Carter yesterday said the trade relation between Nigeria and his country would hit N1.920 trillion by 2014.

Speaking to newsmen in Ikeja after a meeting with Governor Babatunde Fashola, Carter said Britain was at present aggressively increasing its investment in Nigeria to achieve that objective.

He added that his country was also working on removing some of the barriers to the issuance of UK visas to Nigerian businessmen to ensure seamless flow of trade between the two countries.

According to him, “We are already on our way to redoubling bilateral trade between the two countries by 2014. We will continue to work with the Nigerian authorities, with the Nigerian people though our different agencies for international development, through the British Councils and through a whole range of other links between official bodies.

“On visas, yes we recognise the importance of a smooth efficient visa services particularly to Nigerian businessmen, because if they can`t get to Britain, they can`t get the business.

“We are constantly seeking ways to improve our visa services to Nigerians, while maintaining all the necessary security to ensure only people with good reasons get to Britain.

“Our aim really is to make the obtaining of our visas as efficient and straightforward as little time- consuming as we can make it,” he said.

Carter said Britain attached so much importance to its relations with Nigeria in view of its vast resources and dynamic people, noting that future of relations between the two countries was very bright.

Harping on the reason for visiting Fashola, the Deputy High Commissioner said he came to see the governor to familiarise himself with him and share thoughts on how to strengthen UK relations with the state.

He described the relations between his country and Lagos as long-standing, adding that Lagos was the commercial nerve centre of the country.

Carter also dismissed the belief in some quarters that the Commonwealth had lost relevance in the promotion of the interests of member countries.

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