The Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) has called for more strategic partnership with India as it celebrates 70th independence anniversary and 60 years of economic relations with Nigeria.
President of ACCI, Prince Adetokunbo Kayode made the remark yesterday in a statement made available to LEADERSHIP.
Kayode, while calling on India to further extend her development cooperation to Nigeria in terms of equipment and finance leasing to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), he emphasized that the bilateral ties journey between the two nations which date as far back as 1958 have moved from strength to strength and could simply be described as impressive.
He noted that Indian have become a beacon of hope and aspiration to many other countries from the South which are still struggling to emancipate her citizens from the shackles of debilitating poverty and economic quagmire.
He added that the recent agreement entered into by Nigeria and Associated Chambers of Commerce of India (ASSOCHAM) in agriculture and allied areas is ready to kick-off as all machineries have been put in place to ensure its effective implementation.
“This relationship has gone a long way in deepening the South-South cooperation which have become a mutually benefitting platform among the citizens of both nations.
“We have many lessons to learn from this special gift to the South specially as it has succeeded in gallantly stepping out of nations with high abject poverty index to a prosperoud country whose economy is booming and has made appreciable progress in human development indices within a record time.,
“As the largest democracy in the world, India has epitomize that rare courage and struggle for the emancipation of her population from the fangs of ignorance, illiteracy, abject poverty, disease and basic want using the highly cherished democratic ethics and good governance as stepping stones.
“In a similar manner, Nigeria is also the largest black nation whose contact with India has translated to strategic partnership which have led to a mutually benefitting cooperation,” he said.
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