- Promoters of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the United States and Nigeria are exploring areas of cooperation and opportunity in both countries.
- A trade delegation comprising of 16 US companies representing various sectors visited Nigeria last week as part of the largest US government –led trade mission to Africa in history.
- The US companies and their Nigerian counterparts, mostly businesses in the SME category, met and discussed areas of cooperation, while hoping that they would sign contracts at some point in the nearest future.
“Nigeria is the largest economy in Africa with countless business opportunities, and it can be a great launching point into other African markets,” said Dehab Ghebreab,U.S. acting consul general in Lagos, at the event.
- According to Ghebreab, the US was always looking forward to bringing trade delegation to Nigeria as well as arranging business delegation (from Nigeria) to the US, adding that it was only when businesses met face to face that they could understand the type of work they did and how best to create a good agreement.
- The Trade Winds-Africa spinoff trade mission to Lagos saw a day of meetings for U.S. business executives with Nigerian Government leaders and entrepreneurs, furthering numerous U.S.-Nigerian business leads and deals. The Trade Winds-Africa mission is part of a concerted effort under President Obama’s
- Doing Business in Africa campaign, under which the U.S. government has committed billions of dollars in financing to stimulate trade and investment in a wide range of industrial sectors.
“Nigeria’s burgeoning market means untold possibilities for U.S. companies, which can provide quality goods, services, and solutions in a broad array of sectors,” said Brian McCleary, U.S. senior commercial officer, who is based in Lagos.