Why Nigerian UK Minister is visiting Nigeria — British High Commission

The United Kingdom Minister for Business and Trade, Kemi Badenoch, who arrived in Nigeria on Sunday on a three-day visit will take forward ongoing efforts by both countries to boost the UK-Nigeria trade relationship and unlock new investment opportunities. 

It comes after the ex-Foreign Secretary visited Nigeria in 2023 and UK-Nigeria Security and Defence Talks last week. 

The reason for Badenoch’s visit was contained in a statement by Ndidiamaka Eze, Senior Press and Public Affairs Officer | Comms Lead, Prosperity and Economic Development of the British High Commission in Abuja.

While in Nigeria, the statement further indicated, Badenoch and the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Nigeria, Helen Grant, will meet with Federal Government officials, state governors as well as British and Nigerian business leaders and investors.  

Through these meetings, according to the statement, she will explore current and potential investment and trade activities from education to infrastructure and energy projects toward creating thousands of jobs. 

Badenoch will also look to further strengthen the UK-Nigeria partnership, remove barriers to trade and investment, grow business between the two countries, and ensure the City of London’s enabling role for international business is more accessible to Nigeria.

Commenting on her visit and engagement in Nigeria, the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Dr. Richard Montgomery, described Nigeria as one of the UK’s most important partners in Africa. 

Montgomery said: “We are committed to helping Nigeria unlock new investment opportunities, supporting more UK and international investment through the City of London, and thereby creating jobs in both our countries.

“Recent big and bold reforms by the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Central Bank are boosting optimism amongst international investors that the country is on the right path and are creating the conditions for growth.”

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