Lagos State Governor Sanwo-Olu Receives Prime Minister Browne

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The Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Hon. Gaston Alfonso Browne, said on Friday, that his country is ready to partner with Lagos State and Nigeria in general in trade and investments.

Prime Minister Browne spoke during a courtesy visit to Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, at the Lagos House, Marina.

The Prime Minister was accompanied by his wife, Maria Browne; Ambassador Davin Joseph; Chairman/ CEO of Air Peace Limited, Dr. Allen Onyema; Nigerian Ex-International and Air Peace Ambassador, Chief Se­gun Odegbami and CEO of LIAT 2020 Airlines Antigua, Mrs. Hafsah Abdulsalam.

Speaking during the courtesy visit, Prime Min­ister Browne said the key objective of his country is to strengthen the relationship between Antigua and Bar­buda and Nigeria, as well as the Caribbean and the rest of Africa.

He said: “I believe Africa has a significant amount of resources, and literally every African country can become a developed country. I am of the view that African coun­tries can do even better than the Republic of China.

“Our aspiration for Nige­ria is to see Nigeria become a developed country within the next decade or two. And we want to make sure that we are an early mover in the Caribbean to establish close linkages with Nigeria to increase trade and invest­ment. The Caribbean and Africa must unite and work together to bring prosperity to our people.”

Speaking during the courtesy visit, attended by Lagos First Lady Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu and some mem­bers of the Lagos State Ex­ecutive Council, Governor Sanwo-Olu said his admin­istration will partner with Antigua and Barbuda in en­tertainment, arts, culture, and technology.

He said, “We are building a bridge.” The Caribbean is the sixth region of Africa. We can partner in the areas of culture, tourism, arts, and entertainment because we have a lot of things in com­mon. We can quickly begin to ship between the two re­gions all of the things that are common to us.

“Our tourism potential, arts and culture, and the kind of music we listen to can infuse into our economy very quickly, and we will be­gin to see the benefits among us and the two regions.

“Technology is very im­portant because it knows no boundaries. We say we are the tech hub of Africa. All of the unicorns in tech start-ups have their origins in Lagos. So, technology can also be the strong handshake that we require.

“The time is now, and we all need to seize the opportu­nity. Mr. President has laid the background for us. He has said that he wants Ni­geria to have a one trillion GDP within the next couple of years, and that is the kind of thing we are saying.

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