President Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Prince Adetokunbo Kayode on Friday hosted the Venezuela’s Ambassador to Nigeria, David Nieves Velasquez and the Deputy, Mrs. Noyandri (Noya) Bottini, at the Secretariat of the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
The Ambassador who conveyed the embassy’s consent for the registration of Nigeria-Venezuela Business Council, also sought collaboration with ACCI to combine experience in various sectors in Oil and Gas, Mining, Education e.t.c
Ambassador Velasquez told Prince Kayode that there is a growing Venezuelan community in Nigeria who are into different businesses including Construction sector, Oil and Gas sector.
He also informed the President that the population of Nigerian community in Venezuela are working in Commerce, Trade, and Investment sector.
The Ambassador prayed that the meeting will forge a relationship of mutual interest that will promote trade relations between both countries, adding that his embassy is working to have a joint meeting to sign different agreements, and MOUs in different areas of Tourism, Commerce, Oil and Gas and that the frame work of the joint meeting will be established to include special areas for the bilateral private sector.
He said the occasion was an important step towards signing the bilateral agreement adding that a bilateral online meeting between the ACCI and Venezuela Chamber to work together to accomplish this goal should be planned.
While responding, Prince Adetokunbo Kayode informed the envoy that with the letter of consent, the chamber will fastrack the registration and then an online meeting with the Venezuelan business community can begin.
The President also expressed optimism that ACCI and the embassy can work together in several areas and share value.
“With this letter we will start the process for registration.
“We can work together, share value and operate on a 50-50 basis. We have the market here and everything can work here” President said.
He also informed the envoy that due to the Pandemic, the some of the chambers activities for the year were slightly redirected from physical activities to virtual.
He informed the envoy that the Chamber was still hoping to host this year’s Abuja International Trade Fair even if it is on a small scale.
“We are still hoping to do something no matter how little. We are planning to combine virtual and physical activities this year” he said.