- ACCI to Partner Poland on Agriculture, Mining, Manufacturing, others
The Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) and Polish embassy in Nigeria have met to partner in the areas of Industrial Development, Agriculture and Agric Value Chain, Mining, Manufacturing, Technology Transfer, among others.
President of the Chamber, Prince Atetokunbo Kayode, SAN, stated this on Tuesday in Abuja during a visit to the Chamber by the Polish Ambassador to Nigeria, H.E Mrs. Joanna Tarnawska.
Prince Kayode stated that the Chamber is interested in working with the Polish Embassy to establish business relations between Nigeria and Polish business concerns.
He also assured the envoy that ACCI would be pleased to work with the Polish Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the success of the partnership, stressing that ACCI is readily available to assist Polish businesses in obtaining the necessary support, licensing, taxation and documentation required for establishing a business in Nigeria.
The President used the occasion to also brief the envoy and her entourage on the activities of the Chamber for the remaining months of 2020 as well as the developmental strides made in the Chamber in the recent past such as the establishment of four Centres and their activities.
In her remarks, the Polish Ambassador, H.E. Mrs. Joanna Tarnawska, thanked the President for the warm reception and stated that their visit to ACCI was timely as it was important to establish a business relationship between Nigeria and Poland.
She explained that Poland is interested in getting its businesses and products into the Nigerian market, adding that the embassy is interested in cooperating with the Chamber in the areas of Mining, Mining Technology, Agriculture, Waste to Wealth (green technology).
Also speaking, the Economic Counsellor of the embassy, Mrs. Joanna Poptawska Lilumbi, remarked that she participated in the Chamber’s Expo on Waste to Wealth in 2019 and explained that they are interested in partnering with ACCI for transfer of technology in the area of Waste to Wealth; Waste to Energy and recycling etc.
She informed the President that the embassy made enquiries on importation of coal from Nigeria but they were informed that the cost of excavation of coal in Nigeria is relatively high.
She further stated that the embassy is preparing business guidelines for doing business in Nigeria for the Polish businesses and requested the support of the Chamber in obtaining this.
She also sought the President’s comments on the Economic Partnership Agreement.
While responding, the President suggested establishing a Nigeria-Polish Business Council as well as Polish-Nigeria Business Council in Nigeria and Poland respectively to create a synergy between business people of both countries, where the two embassies will serve as linkages.
He further stated that the Chamber will require a letter of no objection from the Polish Embassy in order to register on the Nigerian side, assuring that a proposal will be sent to the embassy in this regard.
On mining and coal excavation, the President explained that the high cost of mining is as a result of equipment and technical know-how.
He further expressed the Chamber’s readiness to work with the embassy in the areas of mining equipment and technical services, mining and mineral processing.
On trade mission, the President informed the Ambassador that due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, the Chamber intensified its efforts in setting up digital platforms for virtual Expos, B2B meetings, trade missions and trade fairs using platforms such as Zoom, Webex, etc. He suggested meeting with the Polish Businesses and Chamber of Commerce and organizing meetings and fairs virtually in the first instance pending when the pandemic is over.
On Waste to Wealth, the President suggested working with the embassy as a specialized project, assuring that he will introduce credible companies who are members of the Chamber for this project.
On guidelines for doing business in Nigeria, the President intimated the delegation on the relevant agencies where they can obtain credible information including NIPC, NEPC, SON, NAFDAC, NEPZA, FIRS, NIS, NCS.
He assured them that the links to their websites will be forwarded to them.
The President explained that he cannot comment on the Economic Partnership Agreement yet because of various complications surrounding it, he however said working with Poland on one-on- one basis to kick-off business relations whilst the Agreement is being discussed at the higher level.