Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson has made a passionate call on the international business community to invest in the numerous high-yielding business opportunities in the state.
The Governor made the call at the just-concluded Africa Finance and Investment Forum 2013 tagged ‘Trade for Growth and Development’ held in Geneva, Switzerland.
Governor Seriake Dickson, who was represented by the State Commissioner of Trade, Industries and Investment, Mr, Masa Ayakeme, listed the investment opportunities that abound in the state to include agriculture, communication, mineral and manufacturing, infrastructure, power, real and service sectors.
He further said that wealth creation potentials in Bayelsa State are not limited to oil and gas.
The Governor called on the foreign investors to avail themselves of these numerous prospects in the state.
Also speaking, the Director General of Bayelsa State Investment Promotion Agency (BIPA), Ms Freda Murray-Bruce explained in great detail, via power presentation, the mechanisms that have been put in place to engender an investment-friendly environment in the state.
Ms Freda Murray- Bruce also gave insight into the investment procedures and incentives offered to investors by the state government at different stages of investment.
In his remarks, the Senior Special Assistant to Governor on Investment Matters, Mr. Cyril Akika called on investors to invest in Bayelsa State, assuring them of maximum returns on their investment.
Speaking earlier, the Vice President and Managing Director of EMRC, an International Association Union, Mrs. Idit Miller explained that the aim of the Forum was to strengthen private sectors in Africa, encourage partnership and attract investment.
Mrs. Miller said the Forum was also designed to enable participants discuss projects with potential investors that would attend the event.
She expressed appreciation to the Bayelsa State for co- sponsoring the Africa Finance and Investment Forum 2013.
Booklets on the various investment potentials available in the different sectors in the state were distributed to delegates from other states.
The Forum, which was co-sponsored by the Bayelsa State Government as part of heightened efforts at attracting direct foreign investors into the state, recorded attendance from Europe, America and Africa.