Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah(rtd) has urged the Pakistani business community to take advantage of various business opportunities and potentials available in the state.

He said this at the Banquet Hall, Government House, Yenagoa when an 18-member Trade Delegation from Pakistan paid him a courtesy call.

He also noted that Nigeria and Pakistan have a long standing bi-lateral relationship, leading to increased trading activities as well as military partnership that has been mutually beneficial to both countries adding that Nigeria and Pakistan have close economic indicators in terms of population and Gross Domestic Product but noted sadly that while Nigeria has a high unemployment rate, Pakistan has a low unemployment figure.

He also assured the visiting Pakistani Trade Delegation that Bayelsa State was prepared to create the enabling environment for businesses to thrive by way of provision of infrastructure as well as security as the current administration believes in zero-tolerance for crime and criminality.

Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah(rtd), expressed appreciation to the Pakistani Trade Delegation for choosing Bayelsa as one of the states it selected to visit on its business tour to Nigeria.

Earlier, Nigeria’s high Commissioner to Pakistan, Ambassador Dauda Danladi stated that the Trade Delegation from Pakistan was a further consolidation of President Goodluck Jonathan’s foreign policy thrust of citizenship and economic diplomacy of the Transformation Agenda of the current administration.

Ambassador Danladi also observed that the current peace and tranquility in Bayelsa State clearly debunks the state of insecurity propagated by the international media, assuring that the Pakistan business community was ready to invest in Bayelsa, given the existing peaceful atmosphere.

He, therefore, called on the Bayelsa State Government and business men in the State to partner with their Pakistani counterparts to grow their businesses.

In his speech, the leader of the delegation, Mr Haram-Ul-Haq explained that the aim of the Trade Delegation from Pakistan is to ascertain and explore business opportunities in Nigeria, stressing that Nigeria and Pakistan as members of the D-8 countries have a lot to share and benefit by partnering in the agriculture and manufacturing sectors.

The leader of the Delegation also seized the opportunity of the visit to invite Bayelsa businessmen to visit Pakistan and get first-hand information from various industrial estates that produce textile materials, agricultural equipment, sporting equipment as well as surgical and dental instruments.

Ebi Evinson

Senior Special Assistant on Media

to the Deputy Governor

September 03, 2013


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