In the bid to continue its focus on developing more innovative and knowledge-based exports and explore African market, the Ukrainian Trade Mission yesterday collaborated with the Lagos Chambers of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) on bilateral economic relations.
The event attracted interested Nigerian Investors, and was driven with speeches and presentations made by some members of the Ukranian delegation.
The delegation included representative of some Ukranian companies that are set to do business with Nigerian businessmen who are interested in those companies’ products.
They are Ternopil Diary factory, Myronivsky Hliboproduct, state food and Grain Corporation of Ukraine, Newton, Bilotserkivsky Zavod Tribo and Zorya-Mashproekt.
Others are Paton Pilot Plant of Welding Equipment, Aviaoptim, Aerovis Airlines, Scientific and Manufacturing Company Ecopharm and OmniFarma.
Also among the delegation are Information Systems Security Partners, ISSP, and Genesis.
In his opening remark, His Excellency Valeriy Aleksandeuk ,the ambassador of Ukrain to Nigeria, in a short video presentation title, “Ukraine – Open for U” spoke on the attractiveness and ease of doing business in Ukraine.
While presenting her speech, Olga Trofimtseva, the country’s Deputy Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine on European Integration, said: “The African continent has already become one of the most important trade partner for Ukraine in Agricultural and food sectors, we are still looking for the new opportunities in our bilateral economic relations. I really hope that the trade mission to Nigeria and Ghana creates powerful impulses for the increase of our trade and cooperation in agricultural and food sectors”.
Ostensibly to buttress the assurances that were given by the speakers on the presence of enabling business environment in Ukraine, a Nigerian investor, Mr. Akinyemi Olusegun, the Chief Executive Officer of Shekinah Global Resources, said he has severally visited Ukraine assured intending Nigerian investors that the country is a good place to do business.
He added the costs of transportation and foods are highly affordable.
However, the issue of ease of processing travelling documents, particularly that of Visa to Ukraine was raised and flayed by most of the participants who said Ukraine does not have a Consular Office in Lagos. They reasoned that Lagos, being the commercial nerve centre of the country, that it does not augur well for most businessmen that are interested in doing business with Ukraine to be travelling to Abuja on visa procurement as most of them are based in Lagos.
The Ambassador, who responded to the issue of obtaining visa to Ukraine, said the embassy is aware of the problem, and that the issue would be presented to the Nigerian government and that efforts would be put in place in ensuring that Ukraine Consular office is established in Lagos.
The business forum was consummated with the official signing of Memorandum of Understanding between LCCI and the Ukrainian trade mission.
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