17 June 2021 by MATHEW AYOOLA
Nigeria has concluded arrangements to participate in Dubai Expo 2020.
The Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Ambassador Mariam Yalwaji Katagum made this known in Abuja at a media roundtable on the Expo.
Ambassador Mariam Katagum who said Nigeria’s participation in the Expo was anchored on the theme “Harnessing Opportunity, Creating the Future” aimed at showcasing the abundant natural and agricultural resources of the country.
According to her, the Expo which will hold between October 2021 to March 2022 would help promote critical sectors of Nigerian economy such as manufacturing, the creative Industry, culture, music, fashion, food and sports among others.
The Minister who stated that Nigeria had already benefitted from the generosity of the United Arab Emirates, UAE’ Government through the provision of 2 million dollars assisted pavilion commended it for the gesture.
Ambassador Mariam Katagum explained that Nigeria’s pavilion is located at the opportunity zone of Dubai Expo 2020 in line with Nigeria’s theme, tagged “Opportunity City”
She pointed out that at least 23 customized events for Nigeria including participation in the women’s pavilion, music concert, Nigeria Tech Conference, Digitizing, Healthcare among others
Ambassador Mariam Katagum added that Nigeria’s participation would further strengthen ties between her and UAE and improve the country’s economy as well as Foreign Direct Investment
Earlier, the Ambassador of UAE to Nigeria, Doctor Fahad Taffaq said the Expo which was earlier scheduled for last year was postponed due to the outbreak of COVID 19
According to him, necessary modalities have been put in place to ensure the success of the event and prevent any infection of COVID 19.
The Ambassador who said about 200 countries would be taking part in the Expo expressed the hope that the programme would go a long way in improving bilateral cooperation.