Nigeria’s multilateral trade with the member countries of the European Union in 2016 stood at €19.9 billion accord to the EU’s Head of Trade and Economic Sector, Fillippo Amato.
He made this discussion on Wednesday at a news conference on the 6th edition of the EU-Nigeria Business Forum, scheduled to hold between Oct. 5 and Oct. 6 in Lagos.
According to him, the EU remains the top destination for oil and non-oil exports from Nigeria.
“Despite the significant effect of recession on Nigeria’s trade, EU-Nigeria trade remains strong, standing at 19.9 billion Euros in 2016.
The EU official said that the success of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) launched by Nigeria in February 2017 depended on active private sector participation.
According to him, this calls for effective confidence building to attract investors.
“On the other hand, creating jobs that will stimulate the economy and provide sustainable employment, particularly for young people, is crucial both for the present and future of Nigeria,” the EU envoy said.
Amato said the forthcoming EU-Nigeria Business Forum, which had the theme: “Youth as an Engine of Broad-Based Economic Transformation” would hold at Eko Hotels, Lagos.
He said the forum would focus on the role of youths in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Agriculture, which were key sectors to support the growth and diversification of the Nigeria economy.
The envoy said that it would also give business leaders and policy makers from EU and Nigeria a platform to explore business openings and how to increase investment.
“The forum will identify the key role of youths in digital economy and potentials of ICT in cross cutting themes and experiences shared from the EU.
“It will strengthen EU and Nigeria’s business relations through identification of opportunities in the agribusiness space in creating jobs, boosting exports and addressing local food security problems.
The forum would also identify aspirations of young people, youth organisations and networks in view of the upcoming Africa-EU Summit, he said.