The Federal Government has said that the nation would soon exhibit made-in-Nigeria products in Saudi Arabia as part of measures to deepen the relationship between the two-countries.
The Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, said this yesterday in Abuja at the two-day maiden Nigerian Hajj and Umrah Exhibition (NHAUE) organised by the Al-Yaro International Company.
The event was part of measures for Nigerian and Saudi Arabia companies to display their products to the relevant parties, business men, traders and specialists.
According to her, it was delightful that such an even was coming up in Nigeria and that some Nigerians born in Saudi Arabia in the diaspora are coming home for the first time and are already committing themselves to promoting Nigeria in Saudi Arabia.
“Subsequently and very soon, we would be working with them to have them exhibit Nigerian products in Saudi Arabi as we have them exhibiting Saudi Arabia products in Nigeria. It is really amazing what Nigerians and what the young Nigerians can do.
“I have seen four of the companies planning to come and establish businesses in Nigeria in manufacturing, agriculture, restaurant and education. The smart ones are coming to Nigeria to invest,” Dabiri-Erewa said, while commending the organizers for the initiative.
The Executive Director, Al Yaro International Company, Alhaji Imran Umar Yaro, said the event was organized by both international and local partners like the as Sorouh AI Hijaz company in Saudi Arabia, in partnership with Al-Yaro International, and the Matasa Charity Association for Sustainable Development.
According to him, the two-day event was aimed at developing Nigeria’s Hajj and Umrah industry and to promote investment opportunities between Nigeria and Saudi Arabia.
“Over 35 private businesses from Saudi Arabia are attending the exhibition. Also, over 150 hajj and umrah service providers are coming to showcase their products at the exhibition.
“Hajj and umrah forum and exhibition have been held in Indonesia, Sudan, and the United Kingdom. Nigeria has the fifth largest number of pilgrims in the world and has the largest contingent of Umrah and Hajj Pilgrims from Africa. It is therefore, a natural ground for such an exhibition,” Yaro said.
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