The Movement of the Enterprises of France (MEDEF), France’s leading network of entrepreneurs has facilitated the visit of a delegation of 50 Chief Executive Officers of companies from France on business trips to Nigeria.
This was made known on Friday through a statement from the First Counsellor of the Embassy of France, Georges Vanin. According to the statement, the President of MEDEF, Pierre Gattaz would lead the delegation to a meeting with the President, Muhammadu Buhari today before meeting various business communities.
They are in Nigeria to explore business opportunities as well as establishes bilateral links in the country.
French companies on the delegation include those in the sectors such as building, transportation, environment, energy and sustainable cities.
“The largest economy and the largest population on the continent, the middle class is emerging in Nigeria, which demand new infrastructures, facilities and equipment, but also in services and leisure.”
The statement quoted Pierre Gattaz, President of MEDEF, as saying Nigeria was a land of investments and development for French businesses.
“Nigeria is a land of investments and development for French companies. Africa is our new frontier. We are friends and have much to gain by building strong, confident and sustainable business relationships. Although France has much to contribute to Africa, but Africa has so much to bring to France,” Mr. Gattaz said.
It added that Gattaz would lead the delegation of the 50 companies – small, medium or large – interested in the many opportunities of the Nigerian market.
It quoted Patrick Lucas, President of the African Committee and Vice-President of MEDEF, as saying that close bilateral relations would be forged between the delegation and the Nigerian counterparts. “We are excited to lead that delegation in a large English-speaking African country.
“Development opportunities for our businesses are significant and we hope that close bilateral links will be established during our trip to Nigeria,” Mr. Lucas said.
The statement said the trip would be an opportunity for many exchanges and meetings with all the representatives of the Nigerian society. “MEDEF delegation wishes through this to build strong relations with this great country by promoting deals emphasis staff training and local contents,” it said