Abuja - A delegation of 50 heads of French
companies are expected to visit Nigeria next week to explore business
opportunities and establish bilateral links in the country, the French Embassy
said on Friday.
A statement from Georges Vanin, First Counsellor, Political
Affairs and Communication, Embassy of France, said the business delegation was
the first of its kind from France to any African country.
The statement said the delegation was organised by the
Movement of the Enterprises of France (MEDEF), France’s leading network of
entrepreneurs and the largest employer federation with 800,000 member firms.
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According to it, the French companies on the delegation
include those in the sectors such as building, transportation, environment,
energy and sustainable cities.
'"The largest economy and the largest population on the
continent, the middle class is emerging in Nigeria, which demand new
infrastructures facilities and equipment, but also in services and leisure.”
The statement quoted Mr Pierre Gattaz, President of MEDEF,
as saying Nigeria is a land of investments and development for French
"Nigeria is a land of investments and development for
French companies. Africa is our new frontier.
"We are friends and have much to gain by building strong,
confident and sustainable business relationships.
"Although France has much to contribute to Africa, but
Africa has so much to bring to France,” Gattaz said.
It added that Gattaz would lead the delegation of the 50
companies - small, medium or large - interested in the many opportunities of
the Nigerian market.
The statement said Gattaz would lead the delegation to meet
President Muhammadu Buhari on Oct. 5 before meeting with the business
It quoted Mr Patrick Lucas, President of the African
Committee and Vice-President of MEDEF, as saying that close bilateral relations
would be forged between the delegation and the Nigerian counterparts.
"We are excited to lead that delegation in a large
English-speaking African country.
"Development opportunities for our businesses are
significant and we hope that close bilateral links will be established during
our trip to Nigeria," Lucas said.
The statement said the trip would be an opportunity for many
exchanges and meetings with all the representatives of the Nigerian society.
"MEDEF delegation wishes through this to build strong
relations with this great country by promoting deals emphasis staff training
and local contents,” it said.