Nigerian president, Dutch PM meet to strengthen bilateral cooperation

Thursday, December 19th, 2019 10:37 |
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari (R) welcomes Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte in Abuja, capital of Nigeria, Nov. 26, 2019. (Xinhua/Callistus Ewelike/NAN)


Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and visiting Prime Minister of Netherlands, Mark Rutte, on Tuesday agreed in a meeting to continue to work together to improve bilateral trade volumes between the two countries as well as private sector investments. 

At a summit between the two leaders at the State House in Abuja, Buhari and Rutte also reiterated their commitment to the fight against human trafficking, appreciating the close collaboration between both countries in supporting the victims. 

The Dutch PM, who is on a two-day working visit to Nigeria, is leading a trade delegation of eight chief executive officers of Dutch multinationals currently operating in Nigeria with huge investment portfolios in the agriculture, finance, oil and gas sectors. 

After the bilateral consultations between delegations of both countries, Buhari and Rutte witnessed the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on dairy chain development between Royal FrieslandCampina WAMCO and the government of Niger State in central Nigeria. 

The agreement on dairy chain development is expected to save Nigeria about 1.2 billion U.S. dollars from milk importation annually, local officials said. 

A communique issued at the end of the meeting said the two leaders reviewed the progress that has been made with implementing the MoU on deepening the bilateral relations between the two nations concluded and signed by the respective foreign ministers in The Hague in July 2018.  (Xinhua)

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