Nigeria rues poor trade relations with Philippines
Rosalinda L. Orosa (The Philippine Star) - December 6, 2012 - 11:45pm

ABUJA (Xinhua) - The Nigerian government on Thursday rued the relatively poor trade relations it had with the government and people of the Philippines, thereby calling for more active steps to be taken by both countries to further strengthen and deepen their existing ties in necessary areas.

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Viola Onwuliri told an audience at the second edition of Nigeria-Philippines Joint Commission (NPJC) held in the capital city Abuja that in spite of the long standing relations between both countries, the economic and trade relations have been quite low.

"There have been an increasing number of Filipino companies conducting businesses in Nigeria, yet much needs to be done to improve our economic and trade relations,'' she said.

The minister also acknowledged that Nigeria and the Philippines had, however, jointly achieved a desirable record in other areas.

According to her, a high number of Filipinos had been engaged as expatriate workers, thereby contributing positively to the development of Nigeria. "Some Nigerians are currently in pursuit of taking up jobs in the Philippines," she said.

She said Nigeria and the Philippines have several areas of mutually collaborating with one another, particularly to enhance growth and development of the two countries. She listed the areas to include health, agriculture, water resources, education, immigration, trade and commerce, as well as culture and tourism.

Diplomatic relation between Nigeria and the Philippines was formally established in 1962, two years after Nigeria gained independence from its colonial masters. The two countries kick- started the NPJC to develop certain impetus that can broaden and deepen existing bilateral relations between them.

ABUJA AREAS FOREIGN AFFAIRS VIOLA ONWULIRI MINISTER OF STATE NIGERIA NIGERIA AND THE PHILIPPINES NIGERIA-PHILIPPINES JOINT COMMISSION PHILIPPINES RELATIONS SOME NIGERIANS XINHUA
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