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Thailand commits to Nigerian mining, agriculture

20 August 2013, 13:05

Lagos – Thailand has pledged to assist Nigeria with mining technology for the extraction of the country's gemstones as well as support the growth of rice and cassava farming.

Deputy Prime Minister of the Asian country, Surapong Tovichakchaikul, who is the Special Envoy to the Prime Minister, made the pledge during a state visit.

Tovichakchaikul, who is also Minister of Foreign Affairs, led a trade delegation from Thailand for high level consultations with Nigerian businessmen on areas of co-operation.

“The delegation discussed areas of extraction and mining, especially the gemstones that we have in Nigeria, to be able to have reasonable equipment to extract and polish these gemstones so that they can be competitive in the world market. We believe that consequent to this high level visit, we will see economic activities improved between Nigeria and Thailand,” read a statement from the Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Olugbenga Ashiru.

The delegation explored ways how Nigeria’s diamond could be extracted and polished so they could be competitive in the world market.

Tovichakchaikul was meanwhile quoted as expressing his country’s desire to support Nigeria on rice farming and cassava production. Nigeria is the world’s largest producer of the latter.

“We are mindful of Nigeria’s policy to enhance rice production capacity to substitute rice import; however, I hope Nigeria will consider continuing to import Thai rice. At the same time, we will like to be of assistance to Nigeria by extending rice farming technical cooperation to Nigeria as we have done in other African countries.”

The government officials from Nigeria and Thailand were hopeful the high level visit would culminate in improved relations between the two countries.

– CAJ News


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