The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has visited the Nigerian pavilion at the Dubai Expo 2020, urging businesses and investors in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to leverage reforms initiated by his government to extend investments to the state.
The Expo 2020 is a world exhibition of industrial goods and services, held in Dubai between October 1, 2021, and March 31, 2022. It was originally scheduled for October 20, 2020, to April 10, 2021, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak.
The expo with the theme, ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future,’ provides opportunities for Nigeria, sub-national governments, and organizations to build partnerships and strengthen ties for investment to drive their economies.
During the tour of the pavilion, Governor Obaseki appreciated the infusion of the rich cultural heritage of the Edo people and the display of sculptures and artworks from the Benin Kingdom at the Expo.
Obaseki also interacted with Nigerian officials as well as prospective investors and businesses from the United Arab Emirates, highlighting investment opportunities in different sectors of the state’s economy including agriculture, healthcare, technology and education, among others.
The governor said his administration has recorded huge success in opening up the space for investment through pragmatic reforms in the state’s industrial corridors, and in infrastructure, education, healthcare and security.
He further noted the need for investors to take advantage of the business-friendly environment as well as incentives provided by his administration in the state to invest in new frontiers.