- EU-Nigeria Trade Hits 19.9 Billion Euros
Multilateral trade between Nigeria and European Union (EU) member states stood at 19.9 billion Euros in 2016, Fillippo Amato, the Union’s Head of Trade and Economic Sector, said yesterday.
According to him, the EU remains the top destination for oil and non-oil exports from Nigeria
“Despite the significant effect of recession on Nigeria’s trade, EU-Nigeria trade remains strong, standing at 19.9 billion Euros in 2016.
The EU official said the success of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) launched by Nigeria in February depended on active private sector participation.
“On the other hand, creating jobs that will stimulate the economy and provide sustainable employment, particularly for young people, is crucial both for the present and future of Nigeria,’’ the envoy said.
The sixth EU-Nigeria Business Forum slated for October 5 and 6 in Lagos, with the theme: “Youth as an Engine of Broad-Based Economic Transformation.’’
Amato said the forum would focus on the role of youths in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Agriculture, which were key sectors to support the growth and diversification of the Nigeria economy.
“The forum will identify the key role of youths in digital economy and potentials of ICT in cross cutting themes and experiences shared from the EU.
“It will strengthen EU and Nigeria’s business relations through identification of opportunities in the agribusiness space in creating jobs, boosting exports and addressing local food security problems.
“The forum would also identify aspirations of young people, youth organisations and networks in view of the upcoming Africa-EU Summit, he said.