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Nigeria: American Companies Ready to Invest in Nigeria, US Secretary

The US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, has confirmed the readiness of American companies to collaborate with and invest in the Nigerian economy.

While briefing the press after he meets with President Tinubu at the State House Abuja, Blinken said, “American entrepreneurs and companies are ready to partner and invest in Nigeria, particularly in the tech sector.

“We have tech giants that have teamed up with Nigerian partners to help meet President Bola Tinubu’s one million digital jobs initiative.

“Our tech entrepreneurs are fostering Nigeria’s next start-ups and our venture capital companies are working to finance them,” Blinken added, saying American firms are also working to broaden internet access in the West African country.

“So, we want to work in partnership to drive Nigeria’s tech revolution.’’

While acknowledging the promising investment opportunities in Nigeria, the top US diplomat is mindful of the challenging business environment in the country.

Nigeria continues to rank low on Transparency International’s corruption perceptions index. Blinken emphasizes that addressing this issue and improving the business environment are crucial steps to unlock the potential of the Nigerian economy.

He said, “Nigeria offers real clear competitive opportunities for real investors. But at the same time, I think it is no secret that there remain long-term challenges to unlock its full potential.’’

He maintained that “tackling corruption and making it easier for companies to repatriate capital” is essential for Nigeria to attract foreign investments.

source: nairametrics.com

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