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Serbia seeks stronger economic ties with Nigeria

07 July 2014, 21:35

Abuja - The outgoing Serbian Ambassador to Nigeria, Rondic Rifat, has called for a stronger economic ties between Serbia and Nigeria, the largest economy in Africa.

Rifat made the call when he was granted audience by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs 1, Prof. Viola Onwuliri, in Abuja.

He said in the last three years businesses from both countries had tried to expand economic ties in the fields of agriculture, Information Communication Technology and health.

Onwuliri thanked the outgoing ambassador for working very hard during his four-year stay in the country to improve economic ties between both countries.

The minister agreed with the ambassador that the reopening of Nigeria’s embassy in Belgrade was a boost to improved relations between both countries.

She commended President Goodluck Jonathan for approving the settlement of debts owed by the Nigeria mission in Belgrade which facilitated the recovery of the embassy building and reopening of the diplomatic post.
The annual volume of trade between both countries is about $20 million about N3.4 billion.

Serbia exports machinery such as tractors and cultivators to Nigeria, while imports from Nigeria include groundnut, corn, wheat, palm oil, coconut and seedlings of various crops.


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