The Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) and the Cuban government have indicated interest to collaborate in several sectors in the economy including Health and Tourism. This was disclosed when the Cuban Ambassador to Nigeria, Clara M. Pulido-Escandell and the Embassy’s Counsellor, Pavel Bauza-Fuste visited the Chamber on a courtesy visit.
President of the Chamber, Prince Adetokunbo Kayode during the meeting said both countries have numerous strengths and can collaborate together to share experiences. He stated that “One of Cuba’s strength is in tourism” adding that the collaboration could start from developing a hospitality institute where virtual trainings can be organised.
He also explained that Federal Government has decided to have a Medical Free Zone, as well as a free Zone Area in tourism, adding that the collaboration between both countries would be coming at the right time.
He also said that the Chamber is ready to share link Nigerian Business men with the Cuban side, looking forward to more interactions with the Embassy. Also speaking, the First Duputy President of the Chamber, Alhaji Al-Mujtaba Abubakar invited the Envoy to the upcoming 15th Abuja International Trade Fair, scheduled to commence on the 22nd of October, 2020.
Also a Vice President, Mines, Mr Anene Johnson also invited the Envoy and her embassy to an Upcoming 2020 Real Estate and Construction Expo (RECON 2020) to hold in November. While responding, the Envoy explained that Nigeria was an important country for Cuba to relate with in terms of trade informing her decision to visit the Chamber.
She regretted that because of the challenges accompanied with COVID-19 that restricted movements, it may be difficult for Cuban businesses to participate physically at the Trade Fair. She however expressed optimism that the Cuban businesses may explore the virtual platform to participate in the trade fair.