Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is in the United States on a four-day visit and he is expected to meet with his US counterpart and also attend high powered meetings that could trigger economic growth and diversification in Nigeria.
TVC NEWS Senior Correspondent Femi Akande reports that Vice president Yemi Osinbajo and Vice President Mike Pence will discuss Nigeria’s economic recovery, investment and growth opportunities, and the recent general election.
Nigeria’s relations with the United states started as far back as 1960 and it began to grow even stronger in 1999 when the democratic journey was restarted.
The Vice President’s meeting with Donald Trump’s deputy is considered as a major engagement between the two countries to strengthen matters of mutual interest.
During this four day trip, Economic prospects will be top on the agenda so also will be issues of security and the counter terrorism push in Nigeria.
Nigeria’s VP will use the reputable platform of the council of foreign relations in the US to consolidate cooperation on policy goals such as
regional peace keeping and also open up space for foreign direct investment.
Since 1921, the council on foreign relations has acted as a nonprofit think tank and its meetings bring together government officials, global business leaders and prominent members of the intelligence and foreign-policy community to discuss international issues.
At the council’s meeting, Professor Osinbajo will be talking about broad issues that will raise the interest of foreign businesses seeking
investment opportunities in Nigeria.
According to the Office of the United States trade representative, Nigeria is currently the 49th largest goods trading partner with the United
States at $8.3 billion in total goods trade last year.
Goods exports totaled $2.7 billion; goods imports totaled $5.6 billion.
Nigeria’s vice president will be looking to increase these figures and keep them on a steady rise in the interest of president Buhari’s next level
agenda that promises rapid economic growth and development.
The Nigerian community in the United states will also interact with the visiting vice president get another opportunity to hear first hand progress report on the state of affairs in Nigeria.