The Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) held a prestigious reception on Tuesday in honour of the Francophone Ambassadors in Nigeria, highlighting the significance of leveraging Francophone connections for enhanced business connectivity.


Chief Emeka Obegolu, SAN, PhD, President of the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), expressed gratitude to the esteemed executives in attendance, emphasizing the luncheon as an opportunity to foster mutual understanding and collaboration.


He reaffirmed the Chamber’s dedication to supporting the business community in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), with a specific emphasis on fortifying relationships with Francophone nations.


Recognizing the enduring business ties with Francophone countries, Chief Obegolu, SAN, PhD, outlined the Chamber’s plans to engage with Chambers of Commerce in these nations, facilitating reciprocal introductions to stimulate bilateral trade opportunities. He underscored collaborative efforts with the public sector aimed at facilitating business establishment within Nigeria, thereby fostering an environment conducive to economic prosperity.


“Our mission is to provide opportunities for the business community. We are also keen on engaging in trade missions to Francophone countries to explore diverse sectors such as agriculture, ICT, renewable energy, circular economy, and the blue economy.


Additionally, we aim to invite them for trade missions in Nigeria. Cultural exchange initiatives further emphasize the Chamber’s commitment to fostering comprehensive bilateral relations,” stated Chief Obegolu, SAN, PhD.


His Excellency Yanko Yardanov, Ambassador of Bulgaria to Nigeria and Chairman of Francophone Ambassadors to Nigeria, commended the opportunity and partnership with ACCI, envisioning a long-term collaboration. Former Presidents of ACCI, Prince Adetokunbo Kayode and Mr Tony Ejikeonye, expressed satisfaction with the partnership, acknowledging Chief Obegolu, SAN, PhD’s instrumental role.


Ambassador Kolo, representing the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, praised ACCI Director General, Mr. Agabaidu Chukwuemeka Jideani, for the Chamber’s viability. He emphasised the significance of the ACCI/Francophone partnership in fostering economic growth and cooperation.


Mr Agabaidu introduced ACCI to the Francophone delegates, highlighting the Chamber’s need for market access and expressing eagerness to collaborate with them. Dr. Iliya Gashinkabki, ACCI Vice President of Finance, unveiled plans for ACCI Continental University, a multilingual institution that would cater for Africa’s diverse needs.


Other ACCI dignitaries present included Barr (Mrs) Obiageli Nwosu, ACCI Vice President of Women Development and Gender Matters; Engr Dozie Mbanefo, Vice President of Mines; Hajia Hauwa Kaka Usman, General Counsel; and Mr. Nnaemeka Ezekwensili Nnam, Director of Abuja Trade Centre.


As ACCI continues to champion economic development and international cooperation, the Francophone Ambassadors’ Reception signifies a significant milestone in strengthening bilateral ties and fostering mutually beneficial partnerships.


Olayemi John-Mensah
ACCI Media/Strategy Officer