• President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday received German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the State House in Abuja.
  • Nigeria and Germany sign two Memoranda of Understanding in agriculture and commerce as part of the German Chancellor’s visit.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived in the Nigerian capital Abuja Friday morning on an official visit aimed at shoring-up bilateral ties between the two countries.

Merkel’s visit is part of her West African tour on development, security, economy and migration.

The two leaders proceeded to sign two Memoranda of Understanding in agriculture and commerce

The first agreement was signed between the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture and the German-Africa Business Association.

The First Deputy National President of NACCIMA, Saratu Abubakar, signed on behalf of Nigeria; while Dr. Stefan Liebing, of German Africa Business Association, signed on behalf of the German Business Delegation.

The second agreement was signed between the Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending, and the PETKUS Technologie GmbH, a company that specialises in post-harvest agricultural value chain.

While the Managing Director of NIRSAL, Aliyu Abdulhameed, signed on behalf of Nigeria, the representative of PETKUS Technologie GmbH, Peter Huser, signed for the Germans.

Speaking after signing the MOUs, Nigeria’s Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah, said the agreements would increase collaboration between Nigeria and Germany in the two areas.

Enelamah said the agreements would also leverage small and medium enterprises in Nigeria.

He said,

”We want our SMEs to learn from the German Experience and be as important. The other area of German excellence is the technical area; technical education, technical training and technical development. It’s also an area of great interest to Nigeria.

“We are also working with Germany in the automobile sector because that’s also an area where Germany is a leader and Nigeria clearly has a policy to be a leader in the auto sector in West Africa and Africa.”

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