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Japanese firms set to invest in Lagos Free Zone

Some Japanese firms have endorsed the Lagos Free Trade Zone after they were hosted to a tour of the zone.

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Japanese firms to invest in Lagos Free Zone after endorsing it

The Lagos Free Zone has been endorsed by some Japanese firms, who described it as investors’ delight. This was disclosed when the firms were hosted in a facility tour by the management of the zone, which is regarded as the gateway to a new frontier.

The tour was organized by the Japan-Nigeria Business Facilitation Council in collaboration with the Lagos Secretariat-Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO).

Japanese firms to invest in Lagos Free Zone after endorsing it

The Lagos Free Zone is located at the Ibeju-Lekki axis, one of the fastest-growing Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Lagos State termed ‘’The New Lagos’’.

The Trade Commissioner and Managing Director of JETRO in Lagos, Mr. Shigeyo Nishizawa said, ‘’Since the time I held a meeting with Japanese companies’ MDs in December, I found that the MDs were interested in the Lagos Free Zone, hence I decided to hold a site visit. Over 40 officials visited the site.

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“The participants included vehicle manufacturers, medical equipment manufacturers, food manufacturers, home appliances manufacturers, overseas traders and Government agencies.

‘’We were pleased to have been received by Mr Haresh Aswani, MD of Tolaram Group and Mr Dinesh Rathi, CEO of LTZ. We checked the site and Lekki deep seaport construction progress and understood that the LFZ will be a real game-changer of the Nigerian Economy.”

[READ MORE: Italy to invest in Nigeria’s agric sector)

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The Trade Commissioner said that the Lagos Free Zone, which would aid the ease of doing business and have the Lekki Deep Sea Port in it, is expected to contribute about 3% to the national GDP by 2025. The deep seaport will start operations by the second quarter of 2022.

The Lagos Free Zone is promoted by the Singapore-based firm, Tolaram Group. It will also serve as a Logistics hub for West Africa and have a real estate cluster, thereby creating a complete live-work-play environment.

The Zone, when fully developed, will accommodate over 150 industries in different sectors of the economy, ranging from Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) to Engineering and Pharmaceuticals, thereby attracting billions of dollars in foreign direct investments to Nigeria.

The facilities in the free zone include an operational truck pack, emergency response medical facility and a central processing centre, which hosts agencies like the Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority, Nigeria Customs Service and Nigeria Immigration Service.

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Chike Olisah is a graduate of accountancy with over 15 years working experience in the financial service sector. He has worked in research and marketing departments of three top commercial banks. Chike is a senior member of the Nairametrics Editorial Team. You may contact him via his email- [email protected]

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Economy & Politics

WTO: Nigeria to persuade the US to join the consensus on Okonjo-Iweala – Trade Ministry

Nigeria is making moves to reach out to the US to agreed to appoint Okonjo-Iweala as Director-General of the WTO.

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WTO, Okonjo-Iweala joins South Africa's presidential economic advisory council as nation struggles with recession, Dr. Okonjo-Iweala officially declared candidate with the largest and broadest support among members

The Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade & Investment has said that Nigeria is currently reaching out to the United States and South Korea to back the WTO preferred candidate, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, for the role of DG of WTO.

This was disclosed in a statement by the Ministry and reported by Reuters on Saturday morning.

Recall that Nairametrics reported this week that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced in a statement that Nigeria’s candidate for Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, had secured the support of the majority of the member-nations – but was yet to be declared and returned as the winner, as the United States opposed the consensus.

Nairametrics also reported this week that Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was close to being appointed as the new Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). A group of ambassadors also known as “troika” had proposed Okonjo-Iweala to lead the WTO, giving her a clear path to becoming the first woman to head the WTO since it started 25 years ago.

The U.S President, Donald Trump, blocked the appointment of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the WTO’s next DG on Wednesday, declaring support for South Korea’s Yoo Myung-hee instead.

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The Ministry said that the FG would try to persuade the United States to join the consensus, as most of the WTO’s members had agreed to appoint Okonjo-Iweala as DG.

Nigeria is currently reaching out to all members of the WTO including the United States and South Korea to overcome the impasse as well as persuade the United States to join the consensus,” the trade ministry said.

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Appointments

Dangote Sugar appoints Ravindra Singhvi as GMD/Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Ravindra Singhvi has been appointed as the substantive Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc.

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The Board of Directors of Dangote Sugar has appointed Mr. Ravindra Singhvi as substantive Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc, effective October 30, 2020.

This disclosure was made by the company in a notification of the resolution of its board meeting, to the Nigerian Stock Exchange.

The statement partly reads:

“Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc. wishes to notify the Exchange and the investing public that at the Board of Directors Meeting of the Company held today, Friday October 30, 2020, the Board approved (a) the Unaudited Financial Statement for the Quarter Ended September 30, 2020, and (b) the appointment of the current Ag. Managing Director, Mr. Ravindra Singhvi as substantive Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc. effective October 30, 2020.”

What you should know

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Prior to his new appointment, Mr Singhvi had been the ag. Managing Director of Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc since 18th June, 2019, after serving as the company’s Chief Operating Officer.

The Board’s stance on the appointment

The Board has stated that it is “confident that he is a great asset to the Company, particularly at this time when it is on a rapid growth trajectory, in view of its recent acquisition and it’s several backward integration projects (BIP) to position itself for further job creation in local plantations and factories, import substitution and deeper contribution to national economic development.”

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Mr. Singhvi is wished the very best in his endeavors.

About Mr. Ravindra Singhvi

He has over 39 years of proven experience in leadership positions in Manufacturing and Processes in Sugar, Petrochemicals, Cement, and Textiles products industries in India.

He is a Chartered Accountant with background in Company Secretarial Practice, Corporate Governance and Management, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in B.Com (Hons) and Law(I) from the University of Jodhpur, India.

Prior to joining Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc, Mr. Singhvi had served as the Managing Director & CEO of NSL Sugar Limited, Hyderabad, India, and Managing Director, EID Parry (1) Limited, Chennai, India, one of top three sugar producing companies in India.

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ENDSARS

IGP says protesters attacked 205 public, private facilities

Data collated when the #End SARS peaceful protest started indicated that 14 states recorded major violence.

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IGP says protesters attacked 205 public, private facilities, IGP orders immediate withdrawal of police officers attached to VIPs

The Nigerian Police Force has stated that about 205 critical national security assets, corporate facilities and private properties were razed down and vandalized during the EndSARS protest, which was hijacked by hoodlums and arsonists.

This was disclosed by Mr Mohammed Adamu, the Inspector-General of Police, during a virtual conference of Senior Police Officers in Abuja, according to a news report by NAN.

READ: Buhari approves free business name registration for 250,000 SMEs

READ: #EndSARS: Our police reform agenda is a game changer to end impunity – Osinbajo

Adamu disclosed that data collated between Oct. 11, when the #End SARS peaceful protest started as a demonstration, and Oct. 27, after it was hijacked by the vandals, indicated that 14 states recorded major violence.

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He said that some of the states severely affected by this civil unrest are Lagos, Edo, Delta, Oyo, Kano, Plateau, Osun, Ondo, Ogun, Rivers, Abia, Imo, Ekiti, and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

READ: #EndSARS: Joe Biden issues press release on violent crackdown of Protesters in Nigeria

The violence had resulted in attacks on critical national security infrastructure, other corporate and private properties, as well as injuries or fatalities to civilians, the police, and other security agents.

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READ: #EndSARS: IMF Links protests to economic difficulties

What you should know

  • 71 public warehouses and 248 privately owned stores were looted in the course of the protests nationwide.
  • 51 civilian fatalities with 37 injured, and 22 policemen gruesomely murdered with 26 others injured were recorded during the protest.
  • 10 firearms, including 8 AK 47 rifles, were carted away during the attack on police stations, and a locally made pistol had been recovered from elements operating under the guise of the EndSARS protest.
  • 1,596 suspects have so far been arrested in connection with the violence and widespread looting across the country.

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