The Ambassador of Japan to Nigeria, Matsunaga Kazuyoshi, says the annual bilateral trade volume between Nigeria and Japan stands at $1 billion.
Kazuyoshi disclosed this at the second Japan-Nigeria Business Facilitation Council meeting on Friday, in Abuja.
He said: “The trade volume includes imports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and agricultural products like sesame seeds from Nigeria. It also extends to exports of machines and cars from Japan to Nigeria.”
The Ambassador added that 40% of sesame seeds consumed in Japan were grown in Nigeria; with about 47 Japanese companies currently operating in the country.
Kazuyoshi said the meeting is critical to proffering solutions to some of the challenges these Japanese companies were facing with the Nigeria Customs Service, National Agency for Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), foreign exchange and logistics.
The trade volume includes imports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and agricultural products like sesame seeds from Nigeria. It also extends to exports of machines and cars from Japan to Nigeria.
The Executive Secretary/Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC), Saratu Umar, urged other countries to emulate the Japanese model and develop such bilateral councils.
“We have a good working relationship with the Japanese embassy and will sustain such to ensure that we jointly work to provide succour to all Japanese companies doing business in Nigeria,” she said.
Umar noted that Nigeria established a similar platform called OSIC Lab, leveraging the existence of Ministries, Departments and Agencies under the One-Stop Investment Centre.
“The platform provides a one-stop solution in resolving investors’ challenges with government agencies. This, I believe, will complement the work we do at the Japan Nigeria Business Facilitation Council,” she added.
She pleaded with the envoy to encourage more companies from Japan to take advantage of Nigeria’s potential and locate their businesses in the country.
The first working group meeting of the Japan Nigeria Business Facilitation Council (JNBFC) took place in Lagos in February 2020. (NAN)