The Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Cui Jianchun, has announced plans for a robust collaboration between China and Nigeria, aiming to make Nigerian products and commodities available in Chinese markets within the next five years. This assurance was given during a temple fair organized in Abuja to celebrate the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year, marking the Year of the Dragon in the Chinese Zodiac.
Highlighting the economic similarities and cultural ties between the two nations, Ambassador Jianchun emphasized China’s commitment to providing opportunities for Nigeria and other African countries to export their products to Chinese markets. He stated that this initiative aligns with the South-South Cooperation spirit, an integral part of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), designating Nigeria as a pilot country for BRI collaboration between China and Africa.
The 5GIST Nigeria-China GDP Strategy, developed over the past few years, encompasses political consonance, economic cooperation, military and security collaboration, international coordination, and people’s communication. The Ambassador emphasized the extensive cooperation between the two nations across various sectors, including infrastructure, ICT, agriculture, mining, oil and gas, insurance, banking, and industry.
Ambassador Jianchun encouraged Nigerian entrepreneurs, expressing support for more Nigerian product commodities to enter the Chinese market within the next five years, fostering innovation and strengthening economic ties.
Ja’afaru Yakubu, Chairman of the House Committee on Nigeria-China Relations, conveyed gratitude to the Chinese government for their continuous support, stating that Nigeria looks forward to hosting events like the Chinese temple fair to celebrate cultural exchange and mutual respect. He expressed hope for increased cooperation, anticipating the entry of Nigerian products into the Chinese market.
The temple fair in Abuja serves as a symbol of the growing relationship between Nigeria and China, promoting unity, friendship, and understanding through cultural celebrations.