The French government has said, it will continue fostering economic and investment ties with Nigeria in a bid to promote trade between both countries..
This is even as it revealed that it is looking forward to working with the Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX) to have more brands listed on its platform in the coming year.
The Consul General of France to Nigeria, Ms Laurence Monmayrant, disclosed this during the closing gong ceremony for the Franco-Nigerian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in honour of the French Consul General held yesterday in Lagos.
The Divisional head, Capital Markets, NGX, Jude Chiemeka, said, the Exchange is particularly interested in forging a relationship around the 100 companies that are French companies operating in Nigeria as the NGX is known to house over 153 listed companies and has 232 trillion license holders.
Chiemeka noted that the NGX sees itself as the African hub for corporates seeking to raise capital and for investors looking for investment instruments to help grow their wealth.
Monmayrant stated that the Franco-Nigeria Chamber of Commerce is pleased with the Exchange’s role in sustainability and finance which corresponds with the chamber’s values.
According to her, “we are very interested in the work that we are doing because the stock exchange is a catalyst of attracting investments to Nigeria and this is really something we are working on also.
“Currently, the Franco-Nigerian chamber has over 400 members and among them, are 100 French companies and also Nigerian companies having a strong interest in France and this is really our job to foster these economic ties between France and Nigeria.
“France may not be the first country in mind when it comes to business and investments in Nigeria but we have made a lot of progress and achievements. Our President, Emmanuel Macron values the relationship with Nigeria.
“We have nearly $10 billion invested from French companies in Nigeria and have grown over the last few years. Nigeria currently attracts 60 per cent of French foreign direct investments (FDIs) in West Africa.”
She added that ‘we want to continue to work on this and we think that French companies will continue to show interest in Nigeria.’
Chiemeka reiterated that the Exchange will continue to promote an enabling platform where corporates and individuals can meet their objectives.