Post COVID-19: China to deepen cooperation with Nigeria to overcome challenges

The People’s Republic of China has pledged to deepen cooperation with Nigeria to overcome major challenges of the country and to enhance development, as the world moves to post COVID-19 recovery.

Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Cui Jianchun, made the pledge on Thursday, in Abuja at the commemoration of the 2022 Chinese New Year celebration tagged, “The year of the Tiger”.

Cui said that, “ as China marks its new year, and also in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic going down, it is a great opportunity to assist African countries, especially Nigeria in new areas.

“The Year of Tiger is really very important for China. I do believe that in 2022; after the COVID pandemic, we will embark on new cooperation.

“I just laid out that we have five strategic goals and also we have five prioritised areas within infrastructure, ICT, industry, investments, imports, exports.”

He expressed the belief that in 2022, China was working hard on building its second goal and during which he said it was very important for two countries to work together.

“For Nigeria, is also very important and it is good for both countries to try to utilise the atmosphere of Tiger Year.

“That means we will have ambition, we will have bravery, we will have strength, not only defeating the difficulties of the COVID-19 but will embark on deeper, broadened cooperation,” he said.

Cui said that during the last Forum on African Cooperation (FOCAC) in November 2021 in Senegal, Presidnet Xi Jinping pledeged to scale up Chinese interventions in Africa in nine major sectors.

He said that the President laid out the initiatives between China and Africa, adding that the most important thing is that ”we have nine programs.

“The first is about health, the second is poverty alleviation, the third is trade promotion, the fourth is about investment, the fifth is about green development, the sixth is about economy, seventh agriculture.

“The eight is about people-to-people communication, the ninth is about security and of paramount importance is that we have to focus on insecurity.

“I want to share with you that the Chinese law enforcement is working with the Nigeria side, but how can we create a favorable condition to attract investment, this is of paramount importance,” Cui said.

Cui, however, noted that as the 14th Ambassador to Nigeria, he was working vigorously to ensure implementations in the above listed areas of priorities.

Speaking, Dr Ifeoma Anyanwutaku, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, congratulated the government and people of China on the event of their New Year’s celebration.

“Based on the great diplomatic ties between Nigeria and China in the past 50 years, Nigeria has witnessed renewed impetus for cultural understanding between both countries.

“Significant days such as the Chinese New Year celebration which is also known as the Lunar New Year, therefore, remains very important to the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“I wish to reiterate the commitments of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to forge better cultural relations with the People’s Republic of China,” Anyawutaku said.

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