The outgoing Swiss Ambassador to Nigeria, His Excellency Eric Mayoraz has said that he would leave Nigeria with mixed feelings. His experience he highlighted were extraordinary during the last three years in Nigeria.
He equally revealed that he is looking forward to the new challenge his government has in store for him as the next Swiss Ambassador to Mexico as from September.
He disclosed this during the celebration of the 727th anniversary of the Swiss Confederation marking the Swiss National Day at his residence on the 1st of August in Abuja.
Mayoraz noted that his hard work with his team during the past three years have achieved some very good results in the development and reinforcement of bilateral relationship with Nigeria.
Adding that the visits of two Swiss Ministers were achieved. His words, “Our Minister of Foreign Affairs in 2016 and our Minister of Economy in 2018, and many delegations and other high officials from Switzerland to Nigeria and from Nigeria to Switzerland .”
The Swiss envoy however said that during his tenure the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on annual high level bilateral consultations under the same hat (Political, Human Rights and Migration) was signed.
He mentioned other achievements like the repatriation of 322 million USD of the Abacha loot which will be used to alleviate the suffering of the poorest people in the country, the signature of an MoU on Mutual Legal Assistance, the opening of the Consulate General of Switzerland in Lagos which focused on trade and business issues, the creation of the Swiss Nigeria Business Council with more than
40 Swiss companies that became members, the signature of an EFTA/Nigeria Declaration of Intent on free trade, and the neutral peace facilitation in the North-East that permitted the release of several hostages among whom are the majority of the Chibok girls and the Dapchi girls.
Similarly, he mentioned the opening of the Humanitarian Aid Section at the Embassy, the exemplary implementation of the country’s Migration Partnership, the negotiations for the conclusion of a double taxation agreement
which are now in progress, the signature of a Letter of Intent and the plan of action with ECOWAS and many others.
He attributed the success of the projects to the efforts of the admirable team that work on site at the Embassy in Abuja and Consulate General in Lagos, and in close collaboration with all the relevant services of the country’s capital.
He raised his glass to the team, the people of Nigeria and the long lasting friendship between Nigeria and Switzerland, as he wished all Swiss compatriots living in Nigeria a happy Swiss national day.
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