By Eromosele Abiodun
The Ambassador of Ecuador to Nigeria, Leopoldo Rovayo Verdesoto has pledged his commitment to boosting trade between Nigeria and his country with a view to improving the economic benefits of both countries.
He stated his when he led a delegation of embassy staff to the Port Harcourt Chamber of Commerce Industry Mines and Agriculture (PHCCIMA).
He added that he was hopefulÂ Â ofÂ Â expandingÂ Â newÂ Â businessÂ Â frontiersÂ Â andÂ forging mutuallyÂ beneficialÂ partnershipÂ withÂ Â theÂ Â ChamberÂ Â to promote Ecuadorian business interest in the state and region.
Verdesoto commended PHCCIMAâ€™s effort at providing significant support to businesses and contributing to stimulating the local economy, which according to him, fall within the statutory objective of the Chamber.
HeÂ Â saidÂ Â PHCCIMAÂ Â isÂ Â strategicÂ Â toÂ Â hisÂ Â pursuitÂ Â ofÂ Â healthy partnership as a chamber that has consistently maintained growth as the second largest and most active Chamber of Commerce in Nigeria.
Ecuador,Â Â accordingÂ Â toÂ Â him,Â Â hasÂ Â aÂ Â lotÂ Â ofÂ Â prospects,Â Â whichÂ Â haveÂ Â been enhanced with governmentâ€™s effort to promote public policies focused on knowledge and innovation, diversification, partnerships, security and incentives for foreign public-private investments among others.
According to the Ecuadorian envoy, â€œWe are interested in export/import fromÂ Â bothÂ countries inÂ Â productsÂ Â likeÂ Â shrimps,Â Â tunaÂ Â fish, strawÂ Â hats, palmÂ Â heats,Â Â allÂ Â varietiesÂ Â ofÂ Â coffee,Â Â prawnsÂ Â evenÂ Â inÂ Â theÂ Â areaÂ Â of partnering to tap from the huge value chain in cocoa production, and chocolates which Ecuador is well-known for- as well as other products that can interest the state and Nigeria as a whole.
Â VerdesotoÂ saidÂ Â theÂ Â delegationÂ Â had earlier visited Kano Chamber of Commerce, noting that Port Harcourt was theÂ Â secondÂ Â visitÂ Â aimedÂ Â atÂ Â deepeningÂ Â Ecuador/NigeriaÂ Â business relationship,Â Â showcasingÂ Â investmentÂ Â opportunitiesÂ Â inÂ Â Ecuador,Â Â and highlighting opportunities and policies put in place by the Ecuadorian governmentÂ for smooth running of businessesÂ forÂ investorsÂ Â and the Chamber.
â€œLet me tell you a secret you donâ€™t know, the hairs imported through the Panama canal is gotten from Ecuador, but because it is transported through the Panama canal, it is brandished Panama hair. Basically we can directly have an arrangement and collaboration to supply this hair in Nigeria because we are here to build bridges and partnerships and connect Ecuador to Nigerian businesses, â€œhe added.
Receiving the Ambassador of Ecuador and his delegation, President of Port Harcourt Chamber of the Commerce, Dr. Emi Membere-Otaji expressed gratitudeÂ Â for forgingÂ Â aÂ Â relationshipÂ Â andÂ Â creatingÂ Â awarenessÂ Â about Ecuadorian investment opportunities and partnerships.
Membere-Otaji said it was evident that the Chamber has builtÂ Â significantÂ Â reputationÂ Â inÂ Â partnershipsÂ Â evenÂ Â asÂ Â sheÂ Â hasÂ Â the requisite knowledge, expertise and experience needed in virtually all areas ofÂ Â humanÂ Â endeavor.
He added that theÂ Â chamberÂ Â wasÂ Â committedÂ Â to partnering with Ecuadorian investors in key areas that will be of mutual benefit.
â€In PHCCIMA, our major objective is to ensure that businesses thrive and to create opportunities; we have listened to you, I want to assure you we will take this message to our members and begin to peruse into potent areas we can partner and invest. My distinguished Ambassador, you have come to the main stay of investors in the country, apart from being the capital of oil and gas, Port Harcourt is the commercial nerve centre for a variety of businesses, so this is home to businesses and we willÂ Â partnerÂ Â withÂ Â youÂ Â andÂ Â ensureÂ Â weÂ Â further strengthenÂ Â theÂ Â ties, â€he said.