Wally Adeyemo, the Nigerian-born Deputy Treasury Secretary of the United States, expressed a commitment to enhancing investment ties between the United States and Nigeria during his recent address to business leaders in Nigeria. He highlighted the potential for substantial growth in bilateral relations and emphasized the importance of addressing key reforms to foster equal opportunities and economic prosperity.
Adeyemo began his address by underscoring the demographic advantage that Nigeria holds, with approximately three in five Nigerians under the age of 25. This youthful population, he noted, presents a significant opportunity for Nigeria to harness a demographic dividend as its workforce expands.
He further emphasized Nigeria’s abundant resources and the eagerness of investors and foreign companies to contribute to the growth and diversification of the Nigerian economy. Adeyemo praised the shared vision among Nigeria’s leaders, from students to entrepreneurs and major business figures, for fostering prosperity in the country.
“The United States stands eager and ready to partner with the Nigerian people and government in your quest to build a better future,” Adeyemo affirmed, highlighting the enduring commitment of the United States to collaborate with Nigeria.
Adeyemo acknowledged the positive relationship that has developed between the US and Nigeria since the return of democracy, benefiting students, investors, and businesses. He also identified key reforms necessary to sustain and enhance this relationship, including ensuring a stable Naira and establishing a Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) framework.
Addressing the issue of insecurity and corruption, Adeyemo stressed the importance of addressing these challenges as they are crucial to fostering a conducive business climate. He proposed moving government functions online, simplifying business license and visa applications, and increasing transparency as steps towards improving services and reducing opportunities for corruption.
Furthermore, Adeyemo lauded efforts by the Nigerian government, particularly the Tinubu administration, in collaboration with the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), to combat money laundering. He expressed the readiness of the United States to collaborate and support Nigeria in these efforts.
In conclusion, Adeyemo emphasized the significance of creating a more secure environment in Nigeria and highlighted President Biden’s commitment to deepening the relationship between the United States and Nigeria. He reaffirmed that strengthening ties with Nigeria is in the best interest of both nations.
The address by Wally Adeyemo underscores the United States’ commitment to fostering economic growth, strengthening diplomatic relations, and collaborating with Nigeria to address key challenges on the path to prosperity.