Former president of Ireland, Bertie Ahern, is shopping for investors and agencies to assist the Enugu state government in its current drive to shore up its economy through expansion of its revenue base.
Also, scores of prospective investors have held talks with the state governor and officials of the state government who were in the European country in the past week in search of investors.
These followed a mini-investment summit organized for Enugu state government and the prospective investors in Dublin, capital of Ireland.
The series of events were put together by Metro Eireann, Ireland’s multicultural group of newspapers.
Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi led the Enugu State delegation, made up of top government functionaries and leaders of the state Economic Advisory Committee, at the negotiation.
Part of fallout of the mini-summit in Dublin was the invitation extended to the President of the Dublin City University, Brian MacCraith, and other officials of the university to attend the Enugu state Economic Summit scheduled to take place in March this year in Enugu, the state capital.
MoU with Dublin City University
Enugu state government and the authorities of the Dublin City University, Ireland also at the weekend signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work in together to promote mutual relations between the two parties for purposes of developing education in the Enugu state in a manner that would also offer value to the university.
According to the document signed at the university in the presence of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, ‘the Dublin City Unversity (DCU) and the Enugu agencies will enter into reciprocal visits where the university would have to examine opportunities to broker relationships with funding agencies and other higher education institutes in conjunction with the Enugu government and other parties both nationally and internationally’.
On the delegation of the Enugu government to Ireland were three commissioners, namely Commissioner for Education, Prof. Uche Eze, his Commerce and Industry counterpart, Mr. Sam Ogbu Nwobodo and that of Agriculture, Mike Ene, who took samples of pineapples from Enugu’s San Carlos Farms, Enugu, to Dublin for the summit.