The Ministry of State for Industry, Trade and Investment has stated that the volume of trade between Nigeria and Poland has increased to over N23 Billion in two years with Nigeria on the profit side.
Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Chief Kenneth Kobani, pointed out that Nigeria gained trade surplus with Poland to the tune of N1,217,368,639 and N24,979,876,388 in 2011 and 2013 .
He stated this during a meeting with Polish Deputy Minister for Economy, Mr. Andrzej Dycha at the ministry’s headquarters in Abuja.
The minister said the government has made tremendous effort to open Nigeria’s economy to both local and foreign businesses to invest in all sectors of the economy, adding that there is room for enhanced trade related activities through diversifications and development of specific industrial parks with both countries.
“Poland had made tremendous stride over the year and Nigeria had also made giant stride. Poland represents a type of country Nigeria want to do business with. Your effort and reforms which have benefited your citizens are desirable to be copy for Nigeria to consolidate and achieve her dream of largest economy in the continent,” he said.
According to him, the ministry is the engine room of the economy,stressing that the officials of the ministry are ready to cooperate with their counterparts from Poland to enhance cordial relations of both countries adding that government is more interested in developing agro processing, mining, industrial city and the service sector
Earlier, the Polish Deputy Minister for Economy, Dycha said Nigeria is a key partner of Poland in Africa, maintaining that their focus is to encourage Polish investors to invest and establish businesses in Nigeria with their priority to increase trade and investment in Nigeria.
He said Poland is one of the fastest growing economies in European Union (EU) and fastest growing in terms of industrial production in the first quarter of this year. “Our trade turnover exceeded $440 billion and we had achieved 60 per cent increase in trade with Nigeria. Your experience is important to us and exchange of knowledge is germane to cooperation and development,” Dycha stressed.