The Nigeria Portugal Business Association has called for increased trade ties between the two countries.
Chairman of the Association and Group Managing Director, Union Bank Plc, Mr. Emeka Emuwa made this call at dinner organized to receive some Portuguese entrepreneurs on a business visit to Nigeria.
Emuwa said that one of the objectives of the Association is to provide a platform through which Nigerians doing business in Portugal and Portuguese doing business in Nigeria can come together, and foster business relationship between the two countries.
Secretary of the Association and Managing Director/Chief Executive, Nigeria Interbank Settlement System (NIBSS) Mr. Ade Shonubi said that the establishment of the group was driven by the massive business opportunities in both countries. "Nigeria is an evolving country with a lot of opportunities in agriculture, construction, technology, in education, and in health. Portugal has a lot of experience and wine, especially from the duri region", he said. He therefore advised the visiting Portuguese entrepreneurs to take advantage of the opportunities in the country to establish business relationships with Nigerians.
The dinner was held to host a delegate from the Portuguese Entrepreneurial Association. The delegation was led by Maria Helena Ramos, Manager, and Business Service Department of the Association. According to Ramos the group was in Nigeria to explore business opportunities.
Speaking to Journalists at the sides of the meeting, she said, "We represent the Portugease Business Association, a centenary group of over 165 years old. It is a national Association, we have members from all across Portugal, and we are from different business activity. Today, we have a group of Portuguese companies from the construction, pharmaceuticals, food, and health equipment. So it is a group that represents our members from Portugal."