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African Chambers of Commerce urged to cooperate

Tuesday, 17th May 2016
Mr. Adamu Salihu (extreme right from front row) and Mr. Nelson Ocheger (in black suit) pose for a group photo after the meeting.
The Niger Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Agriculture and Mines (NCCIAM) has been urged to initiate cooperation with the Uganda National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (UNCCI) so as to promote inter African trade. The call was made by Mr. Nelson Ocheger, the Charge'd'Affaires of the Uganda High Commission to the Federal Republic of Nigeria while addressing the leadership of the NCCIAM. The meeting took place on May 5th, 2016 at the NCCIAM offices in Minna, the capital city of the Niger State.

Mr. Ocheger reminded his hosts that increased trade between the Niger State and the Republic of Uganda was one of the ways through which the two states would be able to sufficiently finance their annual budgets without external aid. He added that the two states should scale up trade cooperation since both are members of the regional blocs that constitute reasonable markets for different products and services. To this end, he invited the membership of the NCCIAM to participate at the annual Uganda trade show scheduled to take place in October this year.

In his response, the Director General of the NCCIAM, Mr. Adamu Salihu informed his guests that the NCCIAM was created in 1976 and is ran by a twelve member council that places particular emphasis on good governance. He outlined the achievements of the Chamber which among others, included active involvements in public policy advocacy.

Mr. Adamu Salihu welcomed cooperation with the Uganda High Commission and trade stakeholders in Uganda. He reciprocated the invitation to the Uganda trade fair by inviting the Commission to participate at the Niger State annual trade fair scheduled to take place in May 24th, 2016.

The meeting was attended by Mr. Nurh Byarufu, the Counsellor at the Uganda High Commission, officials from the NCCIAM, government representatives and members of the academia.

Source: Uganda High Commission, Abuja

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