• イサ駐日ナイジェリア大使との懇談会
    • Country-study Meeting with H.E.Prof.Mohammed Gana Yisa
      Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to Japan

      The Society held its fourth Country-study meeting on 22nd August at the International House in Tokyo, with the presence of H.E. Prof. Mohammed Gana Yisa, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to Japan. (Number of attendants; 34 persons.)
      The Ambassador explained that Nigeria has the biggest population and economy in Africa, and its economy is the strongest in the continent. It enjoys direct freight access to North and South America, Europe and Asia.
      At independence, its economy was dependent on mainly agriculture such as cocoa and rubber, but later with the oil-boom in the 1970’s, its crude oil became the important engine of its economy. Against the background of declining prices of the crude oil in recent years, the Government took deliberate steps to change the situation not to rely on oil resources only, and decided the new blue print known as the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP: 2017-2020) and has been trying to realize the plan. For the plan to be fully operational, development of such sectors as energy, transport, agriculture and health is deemed essential under a PPP (Public Private Partnership).
      To promote such sectors , investment promotion will play a vital role and the
      ECOWAS trade liberalization Scheme (ETLS) will also have roles to play. He also mentioned the Nigeria-Japan trade relations and mentioned the importance of such area as the development of 8 important mineral resources. The Ambassador also said that his government has been trying to simplify
      business registration procedures so that it will become easier for businessmen to start business in Nigeria. Lastly he mentioned that the militant Boko Haram forces are not so influential and many regions in the country are free from its operations, and that under such environment, 40 Japanese companies have been operational in Nigeria safely.

      From the members of the Society, such questions were raised; (1) What are the policies of the Government on the use of insecticides against Malaria and other communicable diseases? (The Ambassador explained that there are certainly infection of the Malaria disease, but the Government has been increasing the number of treatment centres and the diseases-control staff for educating local people. For the prevention of diseases such as Ebola Fever, control at the air and sea ports has been strengthened.)
      (2) Japan has been assisting Africa’s efforts to increase production of rice through CARD (Community of Africa’s Rice Development), and what are the plans the government has on the ways to reduce the amount of post harvest loss and other shortcomings in relation to rice cropping? (The ambassador replied that due to several reasons, such loss are made, but the Government has been trying to develop rice production by giving low-interest loan facilities for the farmers, or to help develop seeds, fertilizers, agricultural machinery, transport, technical education courses , etc)
      (3) It is deemed important to develop alternative sources of energy supply in Africa. There is a Japanese company making efforts to introduce solar energy in the rural parts of Nigeria. (The Ambassador said he knows such cases and mentioned that for small-size communities, there would be much room left for developing solar and other means of alternative energy resources.)
      (4)What do you think of the Naira/US dollar rates after the coming general election of Nigeria next year? Will it change? (The Ambassador said that the recent rates between the two currencies were rather stable, and therefore there are no reasons to believe there will be big changes after the election next year.)
      (5) On the present congestion in and around the Lagos Port Area, has the Government any plans to resolve the issue? (The Ambassador said his Government has plans to solve the issue.)





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