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Nigeria and China sign $2bn MoU on cotton industry

The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Mr Okechukwu Enelamah disclosed on Tuesday that Nigeria has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a Chinese firm, on first-ever cotton value chain industry, worth two billion US dollars.

Mr. Enelamah made this disclosure in Abuja at a news conference, saying the MoU was signed with Shandong Ruyi International Fashion Industry, a Chinese firm.

According to him, the agreement would involve cotton growing to ginning, spinning, textile manufacture and garment in Katsina, Kano, Abia and Lagos States.

“Their investments will comprise aggregation and off-take of cotton from farmers for ginning, spinning and weaving and manufacturing at least 300 million metres of African print, which will meet 20 per cent of West Africa’s demand.

“Others are producing cotton and denim garments for export and local consumption by Ruyi Group in Abia, Lagos and Kano state,” Enelamah said.

He added that in China, President Xi Jinping promised to open China’s market for agricultural products from Nigeria, based on trade negotiating engagements by Nigeria’s Trade Negotiators.

Enelamah said for industrialisation, the government was aggressively implementing the Nigeria Industrial Revolution Plan (NIRP) by establishing the Nigeria Industrial Policy and Competitiveness Advisory Council.

He said the focus would be on five high priority areas: policy and regulation, trade and markets, critical infrastructure, skills, capacity building and lastly financing.

Enelamah said that the government had begun the establishment and upgrading of some existing industrial parks to world-class special economic zones (SEZs), across the six geo-political zones in the country.

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