Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello, has urged Indonesian investors to cash on the abundant availability of high quality cotton in the state to establish textile manufacturing companies.
The governor made the call on Wednesday at a meeting with the Indonesian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Harry Purwanto, at his office in Minna, the state’s capital.
He acknowledged the uniqueness of Indonesian fabrics and informed the envoy that Niger State was endowed with abundant and high quality cotton.
Governor Bello assured the Indonesian business community of conducive business environment that would guarantee profitable return on their investment.
He commended their Small Medium Enterprise (SME) sector and noted that his administration was eager to partner Indonesia with a view to developing and perfecting the SME sector in Niger State.
“We are impressed by the way your country handles her SMEs. We are ready to partner with you to develop our SMEs the way you have developed yours,” he told the visiting ambassador.
The governor also called for collaboration in the areas of agriculture, tourism and youth development, which he said were the priority areas of focus of his administration.
He further acceded to the request for allocation of land for an industrial park in Tegina, Rafi Local Government area of the state for the manufacturing of Indonesian products.
On his part, Mr Purwanto expressed the readiness of Indonesian investors to collaborate with the State government in developing Nigeria’s vast natural and economic potentials.
He said his country and Nigeria had a lot in common and stood to benefit from the over half a century diplomatic relationship.
The ambassador disclosed that a team of investors had earlier visited Nigeria, with the sole aim of establishing an industrial park.
He also commended the efforts of the Niger State Governor towards making the state conducive for its inhabitants.