Pitching the state as an investor’s delight in Nigeria, Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has taken time off from his annual vacation to step up engagement with prospective investors for the array of blossoming industrial and enterprise parks in the state at the 9th edition of the Annual Investment Meeting holding from April 8 to 9, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
The annual meeting in Dubai, according to its organisers, is “the largest gathering of corporate leaders, policymakers, businessmen, regional and international investors, entrepreneurs, leading academics and experts showcasing up-to-date information, strategies and knowledge on attracting FDI.”
Nigeria’s delegation to the meeting themed ‘Mapping the Future of Foreign Direct Investments (FDI): Enriching World Economies Through Digital Globalisation’ are President Muhammadu Buhari; Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development, Hon. Abubakar Bawa Bwari; Executive Secretary and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC), Yewande Sadiku and Group Chief Executive, Oando Plc, Nigeria, Wale Tinubu, among others.
Governor Obaseki, at the meeting, engaged with investors on prospects of investing in the Benin Industrial and Enterprise Park; Benin River Port; Benin Auto Park; technology hubs and parks; housing estates and other projects to drive industrialisation and sustainable development in the state.
He stressed that the state is a prime destination for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) not only for its advantage as a transport-cum-logistics hub, but also because of reforms in ease of doing business demonstrated with the Private Property Protection Law; development of broadband infrastructure to boost internet connectivity; respect for the sanctity of contracts by government agencies, among others.
According to the organisers, “The Annual Investment Meeting (AIM) is the World’s Leading Platform for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). It is an initiative of the UAE Ministry of Economy, held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.
“The meeting also seeks to explore investment opportunities in more than 140 countries, connect businesses and countries willing to engage in sustainable partnerships with investors.”