President Bola Tinubu says Nigeria is open for business and constructive partnerships with any country.
He said this at the State House, Abuja, while meeting with Chinese Special Envoy, Peng Qinghua, Vice Chairperson, Standing Committee of National People’s Congress, People’s Republic of China.
The President promised that his administration would work to promote ease of doing business.
Tinubu was said to have been quoted in a statement by his media aide, Tunde Rahman, to have said, “We need accelerated growth and we are ready to do business honestly with those ready to do business with us.
“We will continue to work to promote democracy in the West African sub-region. I’m a product of democracy and shall work day and night to advance democracy.
“We will fight terrorism and all forms of criminality. We can learn from each other, but we will remain non-aligned.”
Chinese President XI Jinping, speaking through his Special Envoy, pledged increased economic cooperation with Nigeria, saying the country is important to Africa and the world.
Qinghua said the two countries at present had good bilateral relations and economic cooperation, noting that Chinese companies were doing well in Nigeria in railways, roads, hydropower and free trade zones.
While commending President Tinubu’s plan to lead Nigeria to a new era of economic development and prosperity, the Chinese envoy, however, said there were areas where Nigeria could benefit from China.
He called on the two countries to share ideas and align strategies, urging President Tinubu to also create more conducive environment for investment.
The Chinese delegation included her Ambassador to Nigeria, Cui Jianchun and Minister-Counselor Zhang Yi.