Netherlands Minister for Foreign Trade and Development cooperation H.E. (Mrs.) Sigrid Kaag is visiting Nigeria on the 9th and 10th of July.
She is coming together with a trade mission of more than 40 Dutch companies, knowledge- and financial institutions, to boost trade and development relations between the Netherlands and
The Netherlands is already Nigeria’s 3rd largest trading partner, mostly in the energy sector, but now the country also wants to make an impact in Nigeria’s agriculture sector. Through private sector development programs in horticulture, Dutch companies will transfer knowledge and technology to farmers in Nigeria, notably in Kaduna and Kano.
In the same line, a palm oil development program will be started in Edo, Cross River, Akwa Ibom and other states in the South. Most of the companies and institutions that accompany the minister are active in the agric sector. On Tuesday the 9th of July, the Minister will open a seminar in Abuja on cooperation between private sector, knowledge institutes and civil society (the so called “Dutch Diamond Approach”).
On Wednesday morning at 9am. The Minister will give a keynote speech at a seminar at the Radisson Blu Hotel on Victoria Island (Ozumba Mbadiwe av) about the Dutch expertise in agriculture and sustainable cities. Whilst in Lagos the minister will also open the new Netherlands Consulate-General on Walter Carrington Crescent. The former embassy office will be upgraded to Consulate-General to reflect the important new relations between the Netherlands and Nigeria.
The minister will also launch the “Orange Corner” in Lagos, which is an incubator for eager Nigerian startups. Orange Corner is an initiative of the Netherlands Consulate-General in Lagos
together with the private sector.
It is not only the huge Dutch push in the Nigerian agriculture sector that is in the forefront of this visit. In addition, the challenges of the megacity will be discussed. Transport (water and bus), recycling, waste, health insurance etc.
The minister will discuss these matters with the executive governor of Lagos state, H.E. Babajide Sanwo-Olu. After which she will visit the Lagos factory of Friesland Campina Wamco, where she will meet with Nigerian dairy farmers and visit a production line for Peak Yoghurt, made from fresh Nigerian Milk. FC Wamco and the Netherlands government are working hard to increase the
production of fresh milk in Nigeria.
The Netherlands is increasing its presence in Nigeria: not only Nigeria’s first partner in energy, but also Nigeria’s first partner in Agriculture.
For further information, contact Sonia Odije at the Netherlands Consulate-General in Lagos.
‘Dayo Taiwo-Sidiq is a Political Analyst, Writer and Social Change Advocate with major interests in Politics, Governance and Sports.