Our Minister for Foreign Trade and Development cooperation, H.E. (Mrs.) Sigrid Kaag with accompanying trade mission of 33 Dutch companies in Agro-Food, and Sustainable Cities experts visited Nigeria from 9th – 10th July, 2019 to boost trade and development relations between the Netherlands and Nigeria.
The Minister formally opened the Netherlands Consulate General in Lagos. This opening marks a new phase in the longstanding relationship between Nigeria and the Netherlands. Through the years, the Netherlands and the Nigerian economic partnership has created jobs, sound investments, and promising opportunities in various sectors ranging from energy to agriculture and maritime infrastructure.
In the past years, the Netherlands consistently remained in the top five of Nigeria’s trading partners worldwide.
During the visit, the Orange Corner, an entrepreneurial incubation programme was also launched. It will provide selected talented Nigerian entrepreneurs in Lagos with expert training and mentorship alongside networks and small grants to start and grow their business ideas. Orange Corner is an initiative of the Netherlands in partnership with local private sector in Nigeria, implemented by “FATE Foundation” a local entrepreneurship platform.
The Executive Governor of Lagos state, H.E. Babajide
Sanwo-Olu received the Minister at his office in Ikeja, where he expressed his administration’s commitment to collaborate with the Netherlands on trade, health, and water transportation.
The Minister continued her tour in Lagos visiting the factory of Friesland Campina (Wamco), where she met with local dairy farmers and was shown a production line for Peak yoghurt made from fresh locally sourced milk. Friesland Campina discussed their plan to increase their production of fresh milk in Nigeria.
Similarly, the Minister gave a keynote speech about the Dutch expertise in agriculture and sustainable cities.
In the course of the seminar an MoU was signed between the Dairy Training Center from the Netherlands and L&Z Integrated Farms of Nigeria. This MoU focuses on improving the outcomes of production and processing at L&Z Integrated Farms by training trainers and setting up training courses in dairy farm management and milk processing for the Nigerian market. In the same vein, Closing the Loop, the Ministry of Environment and their Nigerian partner Hinkckley Ewaste Recycling also signed an agreement to receive an environmental permit for the export of electronic waste from Nigeria. With this permit, Closing the Loop can export electronic waste to certified smelter in Europe. The recycling of batteries and cell phones ensures that they do not end up in the garbage dump in Nigeria and that certain materials can be reused.