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Akwa Ibom Seeks Bilateral Trade Relations With Denmark

Gov. Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom state has said his administration has opened its doors for bilateral economic cooperation in the area of agriculture, logistics and maritime to the Republic of Denmark .

He stated this during a Courtesy call on him by the Denmark Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Torben Gotiermann, at Government House, Uyo.

Mr Emmanuel said his administration which is committed to industrialisation would develop the maritime sector with requisite manpower to sustain the sector.

He pointed out that the state has a large coastal region with a natural drought of about 17.73 metres and its nearness to the high sea supports the establishment of the Deep Seaport and called on Denmark to take advantage of the investment opportunities in the transhipment and
other aspects of the Maritime Sector to boast trade in the Gulf of Guinea.

On Agriculture,  the Governor said the evergreen vegetation which the State is endowed with supports all round cultivation of food and cash crops and expressed the need to partner the Republic of Denmark in the education of it citizens in various fields to enhance technological advancement.

He said Denmark with a high Gross Domestic Product is noted for it stable economy and thanked the Ambassador for the visit assuring him of a conducive business environment.

Earlier, the visiting Denmark Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Torben Gotiermann, lauded the infrastructural development in Akwa Ibom.

He said the state has viable economic potentials that could be exploited to boost the economy and that it shares a lot of similarities with his home Country, Denmark.

Mr Gotiermann commended the industrialization drive of the state noting that Akwa Ibom is the first state he has visited outside Abuja and Lagos and assured of his country’s  readiness to partner the state in its development effort.

Mr Gotiermann was accompanied on the visit by his wife while the Secretary to the State Government, Sir Ettekamba Umoren, Commissioner, Youth and Sports, Mr Monday Uko, his counterpart in the Housing and Urban Renewal Ministry, Mr Eno-obong Uwa, Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr Victor Antai and Chairman Foreign Direct Investment, Mr Victor Ukpe , were on hand to receive the Danish Envoy.

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