The Acting South African High Commissioner to the Nigeria, Mr Bobby Moroe has said that his country and Nigeria are duty bound to lead industrialization on African continent.
Mr Moroe made the assertion at the Nigeria-South Africa Business Forum in Lagos, Nigeria.
“South Africa and Nigeria have a duty to lead industrialisation in Africa, considering the low levels of beneficiation on the natural resources that the two countries are endowed with,” Moroe said.
He reiterates that the Nigerian market remains a lucrative option for both trade and investment opportunities for South Africa, which is aiming to expand its footprint into the continent beyond Southern Africa.
According to Moroe, “Therefore, closer cooperation on bilateral and regional issues is key. This is evident by the number of agreements which were negotiated and signed since the establishment of the Bi-National Committee, which included the Bilateral Trade Agreement, the Reciprocal Promotion and Protection of Investment Agreements and the Avoidance of Double Taxation Agreement”.
In his own remarks, the vice president of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mr Soboma Ajumogobia, said that although the two largest economies in Africa have been trading partners, the terms of trade had been unequal and that more work could be done by the two countries to ensure Africa’s self-sufficiency.
“Africa needs to rely on itself to make sure that it can develop its economy sustainably.
“This trade mission will enable us to exchange views, expertise and experiences that will aid not only the development of Nigeria and South Africa, but that of the continent as a whole,” he said.