- July 17, 2019
- Posted by: NIDOE-NL
- Category: Uncategorized
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, receives in audience a delegation from the Netherlands led by Netherlands Trade Minister, Mrs. Sigrid Kaag.
The signing of a communique on the bilateral consultations between Nigeria and Netherlands, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, as witnessed by the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency Prof, Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, 9th July 2019. Photo: OVP MEDIA.
Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Her Excellency (Ms.) Sigrid Kaag was in Nigeria from 8-10 July 2019. The purpose of her visit was three-fold:
• High-level bilateral consultations;
• Trade Mission; and
• Inauguration of Dutch Consulate-General in Lagos
– In accordance with signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on diplomatic consultations of 2018 between Nigeria and the Netherlands, Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency Yemi Osinbajo granted audience to H.E Sigrid Kaag on Tuesday, 9th July 2019 at the State House in Abuja. This was the second round of consultations after the first was held between the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the two countries on 30th October 2018 also in Abuja. An atmosphere of conviviality permeated the engagement between the Vice President and Hon. Minister Kaag, underscoring subsisting excellent relations between Nigeria and the Netherlands.
– As major trading and investment partners, robust discussions were held on specific areas of fostering closer collaboration and intensified cooperation.
– In the ensuing discussions, Nigeria undertook a firm commitment to continuing reforms for conducive business and investment environment while the Netherlands pledged to continue assisting Nigeria for an increase in agricultural productivity especially horticulture, seed, and sustainable palm oil production.
– Nigeria and the Netherlands acknowledged the huge investment potential of Nigeria’s internal waterways of River Benue and River Niger if desilted and therefore agreed to explore opportunities in that regard.
– In the spirit of free trade and regional integration on the African continent, the Netherlands welcomed Nigeria’s decision to join the African Continental Free Trade Agreement.
– Having discussed the irritant of visa issuance in our relations, it was agreed that unnecessary delays and rejections hinder people-to-people contact for the flourishing of businesses. Therefore, Nigeria welcomed the decision of the Netherlands to upgrade the status of its diplomatic office in Lagos to Consulate-General with a view to addressing visa challenges for Nigerians willing to travel to the Netherlands. The inaugural ceremony was conducted by Minister Kaag on 10th July 2019 in Lagos.
The Netherlands Trade Minister, Mrs. Sigrid Kaag and The Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency Prof, Yemi Osinbajo. Photos: OVP MEDIA.
– Consular matters and migration as an important subject featured prominently in the consultations as the Netherlands agreed to organize a strategic bilateral dialogue on the topic to address emerging challenges in October 2019 in The Hague.
– Furthermore, both sides noted with concern the challenging security situation in Nigeria but acknowledged the tremendous efforts of Nigeria to stem the ugly tide and to bring the situation under control.
– Next round of consultations will take place in The Hague on date and time to be mutually agreed.
Exchange of the BIT.