Foreign investors have arrived for the Enugu Investment Summit on Monday with Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi assuring them that the business meeting would be mutually beneficial.
Among those who arrived first were the Consul-General of the Embassy of France in Nigeria, Laurent Polonceaux, a Nigeria director of a French Group known as Proparco, Olivier Follin, the Irish Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Sean Hoy, as well as the director of an Irish organization, Sustainable Food Systems Ireland.
Members of a conglomerate made up of Chinese, Singaporeans and Nigerians known as Fit Consult/Yuanda Group, including Mr. Wang Yijun of Yuanda Group, Ms Loretta Aniagolu, Mr. Wang Xingjun, Mr. Jiang Xin, Mr. Ronnie Tan all of the Yuandamong, were also in attendance.
‘First of its kind’
Speaking during a brief ceremony at the Government House, Enugu, Governor Ugwuanyi said the summit would be the first of its kind in the state and would showcase its importance to the world.
“Through this summit, we are also prepared to add value to what we have in our dear state. Enugu state is richly endowed with a lot of variables that when exploited appropriately would spin economic bounties,” Ugwuanyi said.
The Consul-General of the French Embassy, who made a brief remark, noted that the government’s initiative in summoning an economic summit was a very interesting and ingenious decision and commended the governor for the move.
The Irish men harped on the agricultural potentials of their country with Mr. Hoy explaining that Ireland, a small country currently produces more than 10 times much food consumed by the about four million population of the European country.
On their own part, the Chinese investors have indicated interest in partnering with the state in the area of housing and Governor Ugwuanyi confirmed that they have crested their signature in that sector, urging the Irish to do likewise in the agricultural sector.
The investors in their separate remarks assured that they would add value to the business climate of the state so as to improve the economy of Enugu state.