United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Terrence McCulley
By Tokunbo Adedoja
United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Terrence McCulley, will on Sunday begin a two-week, four-city tour in US with a large public and private sector delegation from Nigeria, the second time he would be leading such trade mission in 12 months.
The two-week tour is aimed at promoting business opportunities between Nigeria and the US as part of the American government’s Doing Business in Africa (DBIA) campaign.
The DBIA campaign, launched by the Acting Secretary of Commerce, Rebecca Blank, on November 28, helps American businesses identify opportunities for US commercial and trade relationships in Africa.
A media note from the office of the spokesperson, State Department, which highlighted the delegation’s itinerary, said on December 5, McCulley would lead a substantial Nigerian delegation to New Orleans to attend business meetings.
At New Orleans, the delegation would also attend the International Workboat Show, which is the largest commercial marine tradeshow in North America, and conduct site visits to companies and educational institutions.
The delegation would also participate in a Tulane Energy Institute Round Table and then meet with business, academic, and Diaspora representatives in Houston and Atlanta.
According to the media note, on December 11, Ambassador McCulley would lead the Nigerian delegation to Power-Gen International to join over 20,000 attendees from 92 countries with the aim of doing business with over 1,200 exhibiting companies.
In what was described as “reverse trade mission”, Ambassador McCulley had last December led a trade mission of Nigerian companies to US power trade show in Las Vegas. 30 Nigerian companies were on that trip to Las Vegas where business meetings on opportunities in the Nigerian power sector and a forum on procurement opportunities in Nigeria were held.