In a bid to boost business relations between France and Nigeria, French President, Emmanuel Macron has inaugurated France-Nigeria Business Council and installed the prominent Nigerian businessman, Abdul SamadRabiu, as President of the council.
France-Nigeria Business Council is a private sector initiative, inaugurated by President Macron to improve economic relations between both countries.
The President of the council, Abdul SamadRabiu, who is also the Founder/ Chairman of BUA Group, while speaking at the inaugural meeting of the council in Paris, expressed gratitude to President Macron on his appointment as the pioneer President of the council.
He acknowledged President Macron for coming up with such a sustainable initiative that will benefit both countries and vowed to deliver on his role as President, to create better opportunities for businesses to thrive, in order to ensure that the council achieves the goal for which it was inaugurated.
Rabiu said, “Nigeria is blessed with numerous potentials for French companies to do business across different areas, notably solid minerals, mining, manufacturing, agriculture, associated equipment, power, food processing, and even in the business of associated equipment or infrastructure for the value chains of these sectors.”
Other Nigerian members of the newly inaugurated council include Gilbert Chagoury of Chagoury Group; Mike Adenuga of Globacom and Conoil; AlikoDangote of Dangote Industries; Tony Elumelu, Chairman UBA & Heirs Holdings, and Herbert Wigwe, CEO, Access Bank, while the largest French companies including Dassault, Danone, Axens, Ponticelli, and Total Energies are also members of the council.
Macron in his reaction commended the newly appointed President of the council for having faith in French businesses and reiterated his government’s commitment to continue to ease dialogue between the Nigerian businesses present and their French counterparts.