Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Chief Kenneth Kobanihs said that Nigeria gained trade surplus with Poland to the tune of N1, 217,368,639 and N24, 979,876,388 in 2011/2013.
Kobani stated this during a meeting with Polish Deputy Minister for Economy, Mr. AndrzejDycha 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.
He, however, added 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 efforts and reforms which have benefitted your citizens are desirable to be copy for Nigeria to consolidate and achieve her dream of largest economy in the continent,” he said.
Kobani said the ministry is the engine room of the economy, pointing out that its officials is 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 service sector.
Earlier, the Polish Deputy Minister for Economy, Mr. AndrzejDycha said Nigeria is a key partner of Poland in Africa and their focus is to encourage Polish investors to invest and establish businesses in Nigeria adding that their priority is to increase trade and investment in Nigeria.
He said Poland is one of the fastest growing economies in European Union 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.

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