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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

British High Commissioner Visits Anambra State


Governor Willie Obiano stated this at the Deputy Governor's Lodge, Awka, during a dinner with a delegation led by the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr Paul Arkwright.

Part of the visit were delegates from the International Trade Department, Political Department of the Commission from Lagos and Abuja, DFID from Enugu, among others.

Receiving the team, Governor Obiano expressed joy that the State government's proactiveness in Diaspora relations is finally paying off and yielding positive results, as more doors are being open to foreign investors, saying that with security in place, as well as his idea in agriculture, creation of viable institutions, among others, the High Commissioner is quite pleased with the progress made.

Speaking through the Deputy Governor, Dr Nkem Okeke, the Governor hinted that discussion has started between the Commission and the State in terms of collaboration, and expression of interest in helping the State to link up businesses that may be willing to come and invest in the State.

He further stressed that having seen the caliber of men and women in his team and the zeal in them, the Commission has revealed it's interest in working with the State, as long as they remain committed and are always ready to push on.

The Governor who pointed out that it is easy to procure visas to do business in the United Kingdom, urged ndi Anambra to continue to be inspired to take advantage of the various available opportunities, noting that it is now easier to do business in the State unlike before, calling on more investors, especially ndi Anambra, to come home and invest.

Earlier, the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr Paul Arkwright who revealed that he is on working visit to the State, said that the major reason for the visit is to look at opportunities for British business as well as economically help the State develop, in terms of job creation and growth, disclosing their interest in helping the State to develop more opportunities in agriculture, infrastructure, solid mineral, among others.

Mr Arkwright who extoled Governor Willie Obiano's determination and commitment to developing the State, expressed happiness that all the positive things he heared about the State is in tandem with what is on ground, such as the ANSIPPA, infrastructural advancement, export of agricultural produce to the united Kingdom, among others.

While revealing that they will match action with words in the coming weeks, the British High Commissioner stressed that the State has moved ahead of many States in terms of business friendliness, investment friendliness and better understanding of the people's need, urging ndi Anambra to take advantage of the ease of procurement of UK visas and engage in their genuine businesses.

Stating the benefits of the visit, the Chairman of Anambra State Investment Promotion and Protection Agency, ANSIPPA, Igwe Cyril Enweze said that the investment climate of the State has greatly improved since Governor Obiano took over the mantle of leadership, saying that the visit as well as actions that will follow, will further promote the overall development of the State.

Also on the visit were the Secretary to the State Government, Professor Solo Chukwulobelu, Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs, Culture and Tourism, Barrister Stella Onuora, Mr Mark Okoye who is the Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, among others.

The team earlier paid a courtesy visit to the Governor at the Government House, Awka.


By Ejike Abana

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