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Udeagbala: Nigeria to Seize Opportunities at Africa-Korea Summit.

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Nigeria stands poised to harness fresh opportunities at the upcoming 2023 Africa-Korea Business Summit, as disclosed by Chief John Udeagbala, former President of the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (NACCIMA). Udeagbala will represent Nigeria at this crucial summit, which is themed “Africa-Korean Partnership in an Era of Great Transformation.”

Speaking from Abuja on Monday, the former NACCIMA leader, who also serves as an ex-officio member of the Council of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), expressed optimism over Nigeria’s role. 

He underscored the potential for Nigeria to delve into collaborations with Korean industries, aiming to boost trade integration across Africa. 

According to a report by Independent Newspapers, Chief Udeagbala emphasised that the summit aims to establish a 21st-century complementary partnership. “Korea’s technological leadership spans a broad spectrum of sectors, including agriculture, mining, renewable energy, manufacturing, and digitisation,” he said. 

Such an alliance promises to bring together influential policymakers, business figures, and investors from the African and Korean arenas.

Highlighting the momentum around regional partnerships, Udeagbala brought attention to the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), which marked significant ratifications in 2023. 

This momentum, he believes, will position Africa as a formidable global growth engine by 2050, boasting a market value of $16.5 trillion and accounting for a quarter of the worldwide population.

During the summit, attendees will delve into discussions facilitated by two-panel sessions. These discussions will shed light on the potential growth trajectory for Africa, outlining both opportunities and challenges. A particular focus will be enhancing Africa’s trade relationships with Korea.

The Africa-Korea Business Summit, set to unfold in the following days, has been organised by the Korean Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Korea-Africa Foundation, collaborating closely with the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The summit’s speaker lineup is impressive, with Wamkele Mene, Secretary-General of AfCFTA, leading. The podium will also see influential figures like Sim Tshabalala, CEO of Standard Bank, Choi Kyong-lim, former Chair of WTO Council for Trade in Goods, and Seo Sang-hyeon, Senior Economist at POSCO Research Institute. Sohn Jie-Ae, a seasoned CNN Correspondent in Seoul, will moderate the discussions.

In conclusion, the summit is shaping up to be a pivotal event that could reshape the dynamics of Africa’s trade relations, especially with Korea. The world watches with bated breath as nations come together to discuss, negotiate, and forge new paths.

 

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