China Deepens Post- Pandemic Ties With Nigeria

The People’s Republic of China has said that overcoming the challenges posed by the COVID-19 remains the focal point as it deepens post-pandemic cooperation with Nigeria on issues of development.

 

 

Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Cui Jianchun said this on Thursday in Abuja, while making his remarks during the celebration of the 2022 Chinese New Year tagged “The year of the Tiger”.

 

The envoy noted that as China marks its new year amid the disruptions of the COVID-19 it is a great opportunity to assist African countries, especially Nigeria in new areas.

 

“The year of Tiger is really very important for China I do believe that in the year 2022, after the COVID-19 pandemic we will embark on new cooperation.

 

“I just laid out that we have five strategic goals and also we have five prioritized areas within infrastructure, ICT, industry, investments, imports, exports.

 

“So I do believe that in the year 2022, China is working hard on building our second goal and during this process, it is very important for two countries to work together.

 

“For Nigeria is also very important and it is good for both countries to try to utilize the atmosphere of Tiger year.

 

“That means we will have ambition, we will have bravery, we will have strength, not only defeating the difficulties of the COVID-19 but will embark on deeper, broadened cooperation,” Cui said.

 

Chinese President Xi Jinping had inspired hope of a deeper cooperation with Africa during the last Forum on African Cooperation (FOCAC) in held November 2021 in Senegal, where he pledged to increase Chinese interventions in Africa in nine diverse sectors.

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Cui said further that “President (Xi) laid out the initiatives between China and Africa the most important thing that we have nine programs.

 

“The first is about health, the second is poverty alleviation, the third is trade promotion, the fourth is about investment, the fifth is about green development, the sixth is about economy, seventh agriculture.

 

“The eight is about people-to-people communication the ninth is about security. And of paramount importance is that we have to focus of security.

 

“I want to share with you that the Chinese law enforcement is working with the Nigeria side, on how we create a favorable condition to attract investment, this is of paramount importance,” Cui said.

 

The envoy also pledged his commitment to work vigorously to ensure implementations in the above listed areas of priorities.

 

Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Dr Ifeoma Anyanwutaku, in her remarks said Nigeria and China have very robust diplomatic relations in the last fifty years and tangible results including fruitful cultural relations.

 

“Based on the great diplomatic ties between Nigeria and China in the past fifty years, Nigeria has witnessed renewed impetus for cultural understanding between both countries.

 

“A Significant day such as the Chinese New Year celebration which is also known as the Lunar New Year therefore remains very important to the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

 

“I wish to reiterate the commitments of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to forge better cultural relations with the People’s Republic of China,” Anyawutaku said.

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The occasion was spiced up with cultural displays and dances from Nigerian troupe and the Chinese colourful dragon show.

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