Nigeria Ambassador to the Netherlands, Oji Ngofa, has expressed satisfaction with the current volume of trade between the two countries, which stood at â‚¬3 billion (N1.2 trillion) in the first quarter of 2018.
Ngofa made this known in The Hague yesterday during his background briefing to journalists ahead of President Muhammadu Buhariâ€™s arrival to the Netherlands.
He said top Nigerian government officials would be on hand to have bilateral meetings with their Dutch counterparts in different areas, all geared towards improving the security, economy and governance of Nigeria.
According to the envoy, Nigeria is working assiduously to diversify its export base and increase the non-oil exports from the country to the Netherlands, in line with the administrationâ€™s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP).
â€˜â€˜The latest figures released by the National Bureau of Statistics for the first quarter 2018 showÂ that the Netherlands is currently Nigeriaâ€™s largest trading partner with trade volume of over â‚¬3 billion Euro (N1.2 trillion),â€ he said.
â€˜â€˜This total is composed of imports from the Netherlands worth â‚¬726 million Euro and exports to the Netherlands of â‚¬2.29 billion. Nigeria, therefore, has a healthy trade surplus with the Netherlands.
â€˜â€˜However, a majority of the value of the exports are petroleum based,â€™â€™ he said.
The first quarter 2018 figures by the NBS list Nigeriaâ€™s top 10 export trading partners as Netherlands, India, Spain and United States.
While in the Netherlands, President Buhari is also scheduled to meet with the Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte.
â€˜â€˜The security and economic development of Nigeria is firmly on the agenda, â€™â€™ the envoy added.