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Nigeria, Qatar to increase partnership in agric, oil and gas, mining

The Ambassador of Nigeria to the State of Qatar, Yakubu Ahmed, has disclosed that Nigeria would increase cooperation with Qatar in the areas of agriculture, oil and gas, mining, and infrastructural development.

This, he added, informed his strategic engagements upon assumption of duty with relevant top government functionaries and captains of industries to actualize his mandate.

Ahmed, who stated this in a message wishing the Government and people of Nigeria happy 61st Independence on Friday, therefore, called on Qatari nationals and other potential investors to take advantage of the vast investment opportunities in Nigeria.

The envoy said, “This is because the Nigerian Government has deliberately designed incentives in line with global best practices in ease of doing business that guarantees return on investment.

“While some of these incentives are in the form of tax holidays, exemptions, and reliefs, there are many more that leverage specific government policies, the performance of the companies as well as relevant international investment treaties.”

According to a statement issued by the Nigerian Embassy in Doha, Ahmed in his Independence Day message described Nigeria as a unique nation blessed with abundant human and natural resources that has continued to provide leadership at the global stage.

He called on Nigerians to demonstrate love, peace and unity in their resolve to take the country to greater heights.

The Ambassador used the occasion to commend the cordial relations between Nigeria and Qatar.

He stated that the lofty objectives, shared friendship and excellent bilateral relations coupled with cooperation at the multilateral level have continued to wax stronger over the years.

“A good example is the high level bilateral engagements between both countries such as the State Visit of President Muhammadu Buhari of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to Qatar in 2016 and the State Visit of His Highness, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, Amir of the State of Qatar to the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2019.

“The commitment to regional peace and development by the highly respected leaders, their zero tolerance for corruption and dedication to the implementation of multilateral agreements tailored towards making the world a better place has continued to endear them to their citizens and admirers across the globe,” the statement noted.

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