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Nigeria: China to Assist in Bridging Entrepreneurship Gap

Abimbola Akosile

22 July 2010

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Lagos — The Office of the Special Adviser to the President on Relations with Civil Society (OSAP-CSR) has initiated fresh steps to explore the various opportunities which China is providing through its Economic and Commercial department.

The office is seeking to build a stronger partnership with China in the area of entrepreneurship and skill acquisition to help in the implementation of its economic development drive for the actualisation of the country’s push to become one of the major economic forces in 2020.

During a courtesy visit to the Chinese Embassy in Abuja, Special Adviser to the President on Relation with the Civil Society (SAP-CSR), Prince Chineme Ume-Ezeoke, said Nigeria would move faster in its economic development drive if it breaks new ground in skills acquisition through which new jobs would be created.

Ume-Ezeoke said his visit was to discuss possible areas of cooperation for wealth creation and youth development, using the Civil Society as a major driver to provide training opportunities for the unemployed youths.

“I am here to seek your understanding and cooperation in entrepreneurship development because the burden of unemployment cannot be left for government alone, so I would like to find areas where we can cooperate by creating training opportunities and skills acquisition for our Youths using the Civil Society to accomplish this”, the Special Adviser appealed.

He noted that China is one of the emerging economies and her greatness began with small scale industries, and that Nigeria is willing to tap from that experience by building stronger economic base that would be private sector driven, according to a statement by Mr. Chika Izuora, Ume-Ezeoke’s Media Assistant.

Responding, Zhu Jiang Third Secretary and Deputy Commercial/Economic Councillor who received the Special Adviser on behalf of his boss, Mr. Rong YanSong, disclosed that his country has provided a basket of economic development opportunities for Africa through the Economic and Commercial Councillors office in the Embassy.

Jiang said China is ready to assist Nigeria in her economic development strategy and had demonstrated this by sending out proposals for possible assistance in the areas of human resources sponsorship programmes through the International Cooperation department in the National Planning Commission (NPC).

According to Jiang, China plans to sponsor some Nigerians to China for capacity building exercise. He pointed out that such sponsorship comes if Nigeria requests for it and commended the Special Adviser for coming to discuss on how to maximise the existing opportunities.

The Third secretary explained that China has designed 10 training programmes that would accommodate 30 participants per programme this year alone. One other area of assistance, he further revealed, is the ongoing building of a comprehensive hospital in Abuja where an anti-malaria centre has been set up.

On employment, he disclosed that 30,000 Nigerians are in the employment of Chinese companies operating in Nigeria and China is committed to assisting Nigeria to develop a virile transport system with emphasis on Railway development.

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