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Houston delegation explores Bayelsa opportunities

14 November 2013, 15:04

Abuja - A delegation from Houston in the United States, which is in touring the country, visited Bayelsa to explore trade and investment opportunities.

President of Houston International Trade and Development Council, Val Thompson, led the 16-member delegation.

Consul General of Nigeria in Atlanta, Ambassador Geoffrey Teneilabe, accompanied the delegation.

Teneilabe commended Governor Seriake Dickson for the practical steps taken to develop the agricultural, infrastructural as well as oil and gas sectors and pledged his commitment to fast-track investments in those sectors.

Describing Bayelsa State as the biggest producer of oil and gas both in the upstream and downstream sectors in the country, he posited that several aspects of the state needed to be developed.

“Bayelsa like other states in the country requires massive foreign investment in agriculture, healthcare, education and infrastructure to enable it compete favourably at the global arena,” he said.

In his remarks, Dickson noted that the visit was an opportunity to further strengthen the excellent bilateral relations between Nigeria and the United States.

He said Bayelsa State was looking forward to promoting a robust exchange of ideas that would bring about wealth creation and promote enterprise.

He expressed satisfaction with the positive disposition of the trade delegation.

The governor also highlighted some similarities between Houston and Bayelsa, who are both oil and gas capitals of their respective countries.

“Bayelsa State is making efforts to aggressively expand the base of its economy beyond oil and gas by promoting industry, agriculture and tourism,” Dickson added.

The Governor hinted that the state had been rated one of the safest in the country in terms of security, a rating that has made it possible for the state to consistently host major international events in the last year.

– CAJ News


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