The Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC) and the Egyptian Embassy in Nigeria have promised to work together to facilitate the establishment of standard hospitals and pharmaceuticals in Nigeria by Egyptian Investors.
The Executive Secretary of NIPC, Engr. Mustafa Bello and the Egyptian Ambassador to Nigeria Mr. Ashraf Salama, who met yesterday during a courtesy visit by the later, expressed their desire to ensure that all efforts would be made to ensure that the Egyptian Investors who have expressed interest to build hospitals and Pharmacies in Nigeria were encouraged and supported to do so without any administrative bottlenecks.
The ambassador, who recently resumed duties in Nigeria, expressed enthusiasm on the Egyptian investors' readiness to invest in the heath sector of Nigeria, stating that; "Many pharmaceuticals and hospitals that are doing well in Cairo are very interested to come to Nigeria, and we should work together to facilitate this...I met about 10 of them that have indicated serious interest in Nigeria."
He further stated: "I want us to promote Medical Tourism in Nigeria, it is very huge and it will help people who are not capable of travelling outside the country to seek for medical attention, we need to bring our doctors and pharmacists to Nigeria to establish their presence, instead of Nigerians travelling to Cairo for the same purpose."
He maintained that both Egypt and Nigeria have been enjoying cordial bilateral, trade and economic relationship over the years, but however expressed the need for both countries to broaden their relationship and cooperation in many areas beyond the economic ties.
Responding the Executive Secretary of NIPC, Engr. Mustafa Bello, commended the ambassador for the zeal, interest, commitment and determination to facilitate investments from his country to Nigeria.He noted that Nigeria and Egypt were giant African countries outside South Africa, pointing out that efforts would be intensified between the Commission and Egyptian Embassy to advance the bilateral relationships between the two countries.
He stated that NIPC was well prepared to work with the investors from Egypt who have indicated interest to invest in Nigeria.