By, Uchechukwu Ugboaja – Abuja

The lawmaker representing Yenagoa/Kolokuma-Opokuma Federal Constituency, Bayelsa State, Prof. Steve Azaiki, OON. is set to speak at the U.K-Nigeria Trade & Investment Mission Summit 2022 as a Guest Speaker this April. He is a member of the House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs and has been an advocate of expanding trade and investment opportunities to indigenous and rural entrepreneurs. He was recently also commended by the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman, Hon. Yusuf Buba Yakub for his display of real patriotism in the ongoing Russian-Ukraine conflict, particularly his role in drawing attention of the Nigerian Authorities to the plights of the Nigerian business and student community in several Ukrainian cities under siege.

The U.K-Nigeria Trade and Investment Mission Summit 2022. The road to improve and strengthen Trading and Investment Relationships.

The importance of this trade mission is to create the opportunity for more direct engagements and in-depth discussions on the potential benefits of Post-Brexit, Britain Going Global and Nigeria Trade and investment Relations opportunities, the challenges of public sector led policies and private sector driven initiatives for mutual economic growth and social development. 

We are very hopeful that after much discussions and resolutions on the U.K regulatory frameworks and understanding the Nigeria standardization and quality challenges of produce/food export direct to the U.K, which at the moment is in deficit in comparison to other key export countries, such as Ghana, Kenya, and South Africa, for example Kenya is expected to be a net exporter of Mango fruits to the U.K, what stops Nigeria Mango farmers competing favorably on this Agro-produce export Post-Brexit opportunities.

In view of this, the parliamentary discussions would be centered on the legislation, rules and regulations of import/ export relations between Nigeria/U.K exports. It’s a known factor in the industry that many Nigerian produce pass through third party countries into the U.K market. How can this be mitigated for the mutual benefit of both countries? There is also the need for a bilateral engagement to further understand why, unlike the above mentioned countries, U.K & Nigeria are yet to confirm a Post-Brexit Trade deal for its export commodities and Investments. We hope to see an outcome that would enable Nigeria Agro-Export communities compete favourably against other Agro-Commodities within the African continent where it has comparative advantage.

This would require a well guided meeting between the two ministers of Trade and Investment, with key policy makers, to reconsider the place of Nigeria Post-Brexit era of sustainable development. Nigeria now has one of the fastest growing SMEs in Agro-business, Fin-tech, and Info-tech innovations, though lacking key experts and Investment support, this are major bites of the market economy that requires urgent intervention from foreign and Diaspora led engagements.

Following this engagements and discussions both in London and Peteborough, the delegates would be meeting and inter-facing with key experts and investors from the Agro-business, Fin-tech, Info-tech, renewable energy, and infrastructure. The final expectations of this whole Trade Mission is to open-up Britain to Nigeria, for Nigerians and friends of Nigeria to increase trade and investment in SMEs through fair import/export regulatory system and cooperation. We hope to have a robust engagement among key public and private sector stakeholders.

In view of this, the following Special Guests and Keynote Speakers are expected. 
Ministerial Special Guest: Hon. Minister for Trade, Investment and Industry Nigeria, Hon. Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo as the Special Guest of Honour and Delegation Lead. Diplomatic Host: His Excellency, Amb. Sarafa Tunji Isola. Nigeria High Commissioner to the Court of St. James. United Kingdom. Parliamentary Host: Lord John Taylor of Warwick, Member House of Lord. Parliamentary Co-Host: Hon. Paul Bristow MP. Parliamentary private Secretary for the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sports. Ministerial Guest of Honour: Rt. Hon. Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP. Secretary of State for International Trade UK. Special Guest Speaker: Rt. Hon. Helen Grant MP. Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy for Nigeria. Commonwealth Special Guest: Rt. Hon. Patricia Scotland QC. Secretary General of the Commonwealth Special Diplomatic Guest of Honour: His Excellency, Amb. Dr. Morie Komba Manyeh. Sierra Leone High Commissioner to United Kingdom Royal Guest: HRH. Amb. Dr. Olusegun Aderemi JP. The Atyero of Aramoko Ekiti, Ekiti State. Trade Mission Summit Dinner Host:  Mr. Robin Marsh. Secretary General. Universal Peace Federation, UK. London Business Breakfast and Dinner Hosts: Mr. Harry Burns. Chelgate UK. Mr. Bolaji Sofoluwe. ETK. Group Greg. Swenson. Brigg Macadam Mr. Stephen Cartwright of FCD

Peteborough Sessions Hosts: Hon. Paul Bristow MP. Member of Parliament for Peteborough Cllr. Wayne Fitzgerald. Deputy Mayor for Cambridge and Peteborough Combined Authority and Leader of Council , Peteborough City Council Mr. Tom Hennessy. CEO. Opportunity Peteborough Special Guest of Honour Mr. Matt. Gladstone. CEO. Peteborough City Council Mr. Tom. Stevens. Director. Cambridge Commodities. Ely. Mr. Vincenzo Pampararo of DIT East of England.

Summit Guest Speakers:
Mr. Mobin Rafiq. Chairman. Commonwealth Entrepreneur Club U.K Hon. K. Blackman. MP. Member of Parliament for Aberdeen North Mr. David Smith. Chairman. British African Business Alliance U.K Prof. Steve Azaiki. OON. Member Federal House of Representatives, Foreign Affairs Committee. Hon. Umana Okon Umana. Oil & Gas Free Zone Authority Sir. Richard Heygate. Chairman. Treleavan Capital U.K Ms. Nidda Sabbagh. Political economic adviser, Federation of GCC. Chambers of the Golf States Dr. Richard Myhill. Director. London International Youth Science Forum with Imperial College, University of London Prof. Ngozi Okike. Chair. Book Aid for Africa. U.K Mr. Sonny Iroche. Senior Academic Visitor. African Studies Centre. University of Oxford. U.K Mr. David Apollos. Chairman. Across Atlantic Plc. UK. Mr. Shonga Herbert M’ocecwa. Chairman. Shonga Investments  Zambia. Prof. Ezendu Ariwa of Bedfordshire University. Dr. Gregory Roberts of Afro-Caribbean Market Place UK. And many more businesses.

The Trade and Investment Mission Summit 2022, would hold from the 25th to 29th of April 2022. With a delegation Courtesy Visit to the Nigeria High Commissioner to the U.K Amb. Sarafa Tunji Isola. The Lunch Reception and Opening Ceremony Hosted by Lord Taylor of Warwick, in the House of Lords Westminster Parliament, on the 25th April 2022. 
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