FG to Promote Free Trade, Export Processing Zones

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Tobi Soniyi in Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday in Shanghai said his administration would give priority to the building and development of resilient and viable cities comparable with other developed cities across the globe.

A statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, said Buhari, at separate meetings with the Mayor of the Chinese city of Shanghai, Mr. Yang Xiong, and the Director of Shanghai Free Trade Zone, Liu Fangzhou, said the federal government would give full support to Free Trade and Export Processing Zones in the country to spur rapid economic development.

The president, who visited the Shanghai Free Trade Zone, said Nigeria was prepared to learn how to make our cities more viable from those that had achieved development.
“We have already identified the development of infrastructure which will bring industries that create jobs and help us to diversify the economy.

“We are going to work hard to achieve these within the period we have in office. Nigerians will see progress and feel the impact,” the president said.

Commending the hardwork and incredible success story of the city of Shanghai, Buhari said the virtues of hard work were central to every human achievement and development.

In his remarks, the Mayor of Shanghai expressed the willingness of several Chinese businesses to key into the vision of the Chinese President Xi Jinping for Africa by investing in Nigeria.

Also speaking, the Director of the Free Trade Zone commended the effort of the Nigerian government towards the diversification of the economy and encouraged the country to focus on a favorable policy environment to encourage foreign investors.