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Tinubu urges Samsung CEO to see Nigeria as investment destination

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Tinubu urges Samsung CEO to see Nigeria as investment destination



President Bola Tinubu has urged global company, Samsung to see Nigeria as the best investment destination, as it operates on the principle of a willing buyer and willing seller.

Ajuri Ngelale, Presidential Spokesman,in a statement on Sunday, said the President gave the assurance on Sunday in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, during a meeting with Hong Namkoong, the president and chief executive officer of Samsung, and Jungwook Kim, the chairman of Samsung Investment Global stating that the partnership will ensure seamless access to capital for investors both within and outside the country.

The meeting took place on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum Special Meeting on Global Collaboration, Growth and Energy for Development, currently going on in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

According to the President, ”Nigeria is a very huge country with a huge and able population. We have vibrant youths ready to learn and progress. In fact, our young do not wait for us.

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“They go ahead of us in their determination to succeed. We must keep up and provide opportunities for them to excel with. We have an infrastructure deficit and you can take advantage of that and invest early and deeply in an environment that is absorptive and ready for it. It is modeled after a willing-buyer and willing-seller arrangement. Easy capital in and easy capital out.

The President took time to detail the significant opportunities across sectors for investment within the Renewed Hope Infrastructure Development Fund, which involves the potential utilization of co-finance instruments on critical infrastructure and technology which Samsung is well known to produce.

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President Tinubu also harped on the importance of deepening collaboration in the crude oil, natural gas, renewable energy, engineering, technology and agriculture sectors, emphasizing the potential for vast private sector participation in the establishment of fully-embedded, off-grid, cold-chain integration across sub-industries in the agriculture sector to forestall post-harvest losses with mass refrigeration capacity.

”We are ready to discuss and discover one another more. Collaborative effort can benefit us greatly. You have the know-how, and we have the willingness. Seize this opportunity,” the President told the Samsung executives.

Samsung Chairman Jungwook Kim,in response to the president, expressed Samsung’s interest in expanding its presence in Nigeria, citing the successes of sister companies already operating in the country while laying out potential new opportunities in Nigeria.

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”We have built many power stations around the world. We are at the top of the class in gas-fired power plant construction. We have an ever-increasing portfolio in the production of renewable energy solutions around the world. We can make a lot of progress in Nigeria’s energy sector as well as bring our technology to other key productive sectors.

“Transmission lines and smart grids are areas where we see increasing demand globally. You need infrastructure anywhere you go. We are good at metropolitan rail lines, bridge construction, and any of these types of infrastructure projects, in addition to oil and gas engineering projects.

“We look forward to knowing Nigeria better under your leadership and seeing how we can penetrate the Nigerian market deeper. This is a great opportunity for us.”

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