…Discuss areas of partnerships
By Lubem Gena, Abuja
The High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to Nigeria, His Excellency Ahamed Lebbe Sabrullah Khan paid a partnership building visit to the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) on Friday, 8th November, during which several areas of cooperation were discussed.
The High Commissioner who assumed duties in the country about a week made the Chamber his first point of call in the official duties he is assigned in the country.
Receiving Mr. Khan, ACCI President, Prince Adetokunbo Kayode appreciated the visit and underscore the need for both of them to work closely with one another to deliver on specific programmes, projects and activities.
Prince Kayode also gave assurance of the commitment of the chamber towards tapping from the opportunities inherent Sri Lanka and also to explore working with the Sri Lanka Chamber of Commerce to deepen the economic ties.
“Our vision is to make ACCI a hub of economic activities by partnering with Embassies of countries such as Sri Lanka.
“We have done quite a lot in the immediate past by setting up four functional Centres which are: The Business Entrepreneurial Skills and Technology (BEST) Centre; Abuja Trade Centre (ATC); Policy Advocacy Centre (PAC) and the Dispute Resolution Centre (DRC).
“BEST is our training or capacity building arm while the ATC is in charge of trade information, missions organising expos, fairs, exhibitions and providing other useful data.
“PAC helps in developing, shaping and implementing pro-business policies by organising Roundtable and carrying out other advocacy activities. DRC in other hand is responsible for handling disputes. All these are functional and carrying out these functions”, Prince Kayode said.
In his address, the envoy said, he was visiting the Chamber to explore areas of partnership in view of the strategic importance it has on businessmen from his country.
He further explained that his country and Nigeria have excellent relations and want to partner with critical organisations like ACCI to scale up the cordiality and also compliment one another for the overall good of both countries.
“I am ready to work closely with Abuja Chamber in terms of participating in your activities like Fairs, Exhibitions, Expos and others. I will also link businessmen from Sri Lanka with the Chamber to enable them participate in such”, the High Commissioner stated.
On his part, the Vice President in charge of Information Communication Technology (ICT) who doubles as Provost of BEST Centre, Prof. Adesugba explained that the chamber is also doing as much as it could to intervene in the mineral, especially the gemstones sector.
He said with the support of the ACCI President, there is now in existence the Gemological Institute of Nigeria (GIN), Gemstone Miners and Marketers Association of Nigeria (GMMAN) and the Mineral Exchange (MINEX) amongst other initiatives.