Alhaji Namadi Sambo, Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
VOICE OF NIGERIA
5 April, 2014
Written by Nnenna Okoronkwo
Nigeria-China Joint Commission is
set to be upgraded into a Bi-national level to enhance greater economic ties with China.
Vice President Namadi Sambo stated this during an audience with a Chinese delegation led by the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China, Zhang Ming, at the State House, Abuja. The delegation is in Nigeria to lay the groundwork for the forthcoming visit of the Chinese
Premier, Li Keqiang, to Nigeria and
to consolidate the existing ties
between the two countries.
While welcoming the delegation,
Sambo noted that Nigeria and the
Republic of China established a long standing relationship far back as 1971. “Nigeria currently stands as the third placed trading partner with
China in Africa and is aspiring to be
the number one trading partner.’’
He appreciated the ongoing relationship with the Chinese company collaborating in partnership with the Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON) in the installation of new ammunition production lines, mass production of military hardware and other armored personnel carriers and clothing.
He said that the Nigerian government was in support the reform programme of the Chinese Prime Minister. “Nigeria fully associates itself with the attainment of the goal of the Beijing Declaration, an action
plan for the 2013-2015 programme
as it solicits for more intervention
of Chinese government through focus towards Africa’s development in the interests of our two countries and humanity in general,’’ he added.
Sambo called for further support and cooperation of the Chinese authority, and urged Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and China’s Ambassador to Nigeria to meet and seek ways to improve on the visa relationship. He said that Nigeria looks forward to the forthcoming visit of the Premier and his wife.
Earlier, the Chinese Vice Minister had informed the Vice President that the Chinese Premier would be attending the forthcoming African Summit of the World Economic Forum in Nigeria. According to him,during the Premier’s visit, which coincides with the African Summit of the World Economic Forum in Nigeria, China has plans to buttress further its existing cooperation with Nigeria and improve on China’s existing investments in Nigeria.
Present at the meeting were China’s Ambassador to Nigeria, Gu Xzaozee; Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Aminu Wali; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Power, Godknows Igali; and others.