NEPZA holds summit, targets investors to Nigeria

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The Nigerian Export Processing Zone Authority ( NEPZA) has declared its readiness in ensuring an unprecedented growth and general awareness both locally and internationally to attract investors to Nigeria.

This was made known by the NEPZA Managing Director, Professor Adesoji Adesugba while celebrating its NEPZA 30th year anniversary with a weeklong summit, exhibition and fanfare.

The summit, according to the organizers continued with the African Economic Zones Organization (AEZO) 7th Annual Summit which was hosted by the Nigeria with the NEPZA 30th Anniversary.

At least, no fewer than 38 countries across the world were participated while African Development Bank (AFDB), UNCTAD & China Green Garden and Parks among others were major corporate partners.

At the NEPZA 30th Anniversary Celebration, Ogun-Guangdong Free Trade Zone emerged “Most Attractive and Vibrant Zone In Nigeria.

It was an occasion to mark and showcase the achievements of the agency during the past 30 years since its establishment in 1992. The celebration started with an exhibition featuring major Free Trade Zones, Free Zone Management Companies, Free Zone Enterprises and other major stakeholders.

The Ogun-Guangdong Free Trade Zone (OGFTZ) established in 2008 is one of Nigeria’s leading Zones under the Free Zone Scheme. OGFTZ is a partnership between Ogun State government and China-Africa Investment Free Zone Company, which has its headquarters in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China. It is located in Igbesa, Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State, managed by China – Africa Investment FZC. The present chairman of the Board of Directors is Hadjia (Dr.) HASFAT ODUWOLE TAFAWA BALEWA.

The anniversary continued with a summit where investment experts, moguls and principal officers of major Free Trade Zones across the globe extended their goodwill messages including the General Manager, China -Africa Investment FZC, Dr. Hanson Huang.

A colourful gala night climaxed the celebration with His Excellency, The Honourable Minister of Trade, Industry and Investment, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo, who represented the President, Mohammadu Buhari, other dignitaries include the OGZA MD , Senator Tijani Yahaya Kaura, President NEZA, Chief Nabil, Secretary NEZA, Mr. Tony Elegbede, Custom, Immigration, FIRS top officials, Free Zone Management Companies, private sectors, members of the diplomatic community and several others.

This was followed by presentation of special awards for Enterprises and organizations for their exemplary and impactive contributions to the development of the Free Zone Scheme in Nigeria.

The OGFTZ came out with most awards winner of the night with four(4) awards, namely;
1.FMC EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR BEST IN INFRASTRUCTURAL INVESTMENT , CHINA-AFRICA INVESTMENT FZC.

2.FZ HALL OF FAME AWARD FOR HIGHEST NUMBER OF EMPLOYMENT.
AWARDED TO GOODWIN CERAMICS FZE.

3.FZ HALL OF FAME FOR HIGHEST INTERNATIONAL PRESENCE (EXPORT), CNG GLASS FZE.

4.APPRECIATION AWARD TO OGUN-GUANGDONG FREE TRADE ZONE AS A SILVER SPONSOR OF THE NEPZA 30TH ANNIVERSARY.

The awards is a testament to the great and laudable efforts to all stakeholders particularly the Management company and the state government through His Excellency, Prince Dapo Abiodun, the Executive Governor of Ogun State.

OGFTZ was ably represented by Chairman, Ogun-Guangdong Free Trade Zone Board represented by her daughter, Nicole Tafawa Balewa, the secretary, Barr. Remi Awe, Mr. Steven Makanjuola, Zones Administrator, Dr. Hanson Huang, General Manager, China -Africa Investment FZC, Mr. Qi Gongjiang, Chief Sebastine Ijomah, Mr. Liang Yijiao and , Mr. Stephen Okereke.

The summit equally availed the Management Company the opportunity of meeting various foreign and local prospective investors.

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