Nigeria/British trade to hit N1.9 trillion
Deputy British High Commissioner, Mr. Peter Carter, has said trade between Nigeria and Britain is expected to hit N1.9 trillion by 2014.
Carter made this known yesterday when he visited the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola in his office.
He said the trade between both countries stands at four billion Pounds Sterling (N960billion), adding that his country hopes to double the figure by 2014.
He said Britain would soon remove some trade barriers to ease issuance of UK visas to Nigerian businessmen in order to ensure seamless flow of trade between the two countries.
“We are already on our way to redoubling bilateral trade between the two countries by 2014. We will continue to work with the Nigerian authorities through our different agencies for international development, through the British councils and through a whole range of other links between official bodies.
He explained that Britain recognises the importance of a smooth efficient visa services particularly to Nigerian businessmen travelling to the UK.
“We are constantly seeking ways to improve our visa services to Nigerians, while maintaining all the necessary security to ensure only people with good reasons get to Britain. Our aim really is to make the obtaining of our visas as efficient and straightforward as little time- consuming as we can“, he said.
Carter said Britain attached so much importance to its relations with Nigeria as a result of its vast resources and dynamic people, stressing that future of relations between the two countries was very bright. He said he visited the governor to familiarise himself with him and share thoughts on how to strengthen relations between the UK and the state