Friday, March 24, 2017

US Nigeria Council Ushers in New Era in US - Nigeria Relations

US Nigeria Council Ushers in New Era in US - Nigeria Relations
A new business organization is advancing diversification and job creation in Nigeria
LAGOS, Nigeria, March 24, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The US Nigeria Council (USNC) was launched on Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 in Lagos at a dinner of leading Nigerian and American businesses.  Hosted by John Coumantaros, Chairman of Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc and Uche Orji, CEO of the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority, the launch dinner was attended by the US Ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington, Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emefiele, US Consul General, John Bray, and the leadership of Nigeria's largest companies and major US investors.  The Council will work to create partnerships between Nigerian and American investors, bolstering the commercial dialogue between the two countries.  Ambassador Symington and Central Bank Governor Emefiele gave supportive remarks during the event.

The Nigerian business commitment to USNC was represented by the active participation of Alhaji Aliko Dangote of Dangote Group, Oba Oteduko of Honeywell Group, Jim Ovia of Zenith Bank Plc, Herbert Wigwe of Access Bank Plc, Akinsowon Dawodu of Citibank Nigeria, Adewale Tinubu of Oando, Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede of WAPIC, and Abdulsamad Rabiu of BUA Group amongst others.  The Dow Chemical Company, Chevron, UPS, Procter & Gamble and Uber were some of the US businesses that sent senior delegations.  The Council also includes young entrepreneurs who have started companies in technology, agribusiness and education, including Tomato Jos, Mall for Africa and Andela.

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