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Intra-African Trade vital to African Development

Monday, 9th July 2018
Prince Adetokunbo Kayode and Amb. Nelson Ocheger (third from the left of the front row, and middle with a yellow tie, respectively),
Uganda's High Commissioner to the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Amb. Nelson Ocheger, has emphasized that for Africa to develop, the African countries must trade with one another. He made this remarks in a meeting with the President of the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Prince Adetokunbo Kayode, which took place at the latter's office in Abuja recently.

Amb. Ocheger stated that to boost trade between Uganda and Nigeria, the private sectors from the respective countries need to collaborate and build strong synergies. He added that increased trade will also act as a catalyst to free movement of people between the two countries. 

He reminded his host that Uganda is a member of the East African Community (EAC) which is now a common market and discussing the adoption of a common currency. This, he reiterated, is a big market for Nigerian companies to trade with for the benefit of not only Nigeria and Uganda, but for the bigger East and West Africa regions.

Amb. Nelson Ocheger assured the host that the Uganda National Chamber of Commerce and Industry is eager to cooperate with the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry in order to promote economic relations between the two friendly African countries.
In his response, Prince Adetokunbo Kayode reaffirmed the good relationship between Nigeria and Uganda and specifically noted that the Chamber had in the past hosted the President of the Republic of Uganda, H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. This, he said, shows the commitment and level of cooperation expected between the two countries.
He pledged the Chamberís commitment to work closely with the Uganda High Commission so as to deepen commercial relations between Uganda and Nigeria and undertook to share the Chamberís future activities with the Mission. 
The meeting was attended by, among others; members of the yet to be institutionalized Nigeria-Uganda Chamber of Commerce and Industry, led by the interim President, Chief Michael Awunor, members of the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Ms. Hajarah Kalinaki, the Second Secretary at the Uganda High Commission in Abuja.

Source: Uganda High Commission