Posted: November 11, 2019
SA Business Delegation Arrives in Nigeria for Power and Energy Trade Exhibition
|The Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Ms Nomalungelo Gina has arrived in Nigeria where she is leading a business delegation to Future Energy Nigeria, (WAPIC) Conference and Expo 2019 that will take place from 12-13 November 2019, as part of the efforts to increase economic, trade and investment cooperation between South Africa and Nigeria.
Gina’s engagements in Nigeria will include attending the official opening of Future Energy Conference and Expo tomorrow, leading proceedings at the official launch of the South African National Pavilion and walk-through the pavilion, meetings with the Minister of State Power, Mr Goddy Jedy-Agba, Minister of State of Industry, Trade and Investment, Ambassador Maryam Katagum, Executive Secretary (CEO) of the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission, as well as the Chief Executive Officer of Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, Professor James Momoh.
The visit is intended to strengthen and deepen the economic, trade and investment relations between South Africa and Nigeria.
The participation of the South African companies in Future Energy Nigeria is funded by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) through its Export Marketing and Investment Assistance (EMIA) Scheme. The objective of the scheme is to develop export markets for South African products and services, and to recruit new foreign direct investment into the country.
“the dti’s participation at Future Energy Nigeria will position South Africa as one of the preferred supplier of goods and services into Nigeria’s promising energy sector. The Conference and Expo will also afford networking opportunities for businesses to meet and interact with potential business partners. It also brings a refreshing and highly beneficial dimension to the event. Exhibitors and conference delegates will network, meet potential clients and establish business relationships with other exhibitors, key speakers, sponsors and delegates,” says Gina.
She adds that Nigeria remains an important and strategic economic partner for South Africa, particularly for its geo-political position in the West Africa region, its economic size and strategic importance in terms of investment-led trade and access to the broader Economic Community of West African States region.
“The magnitude of the event provides us with a high level of exposure which will benefit the company. This is an opportunity for our company to explore and penetrate the Nigerian market with their cables and transformers,” says the Business Development Manager for West Africa at Aberdare Cables, Mr Ndebi Nsongan.
The Commercial Director of Conlog, North West Africa Region, Mr Jerry Ehanmo describes the participation in the exhibition as one that will offer them with an opportunity to interact with customers and other stakeholders on proffering lasting solutions to the energy challenges in Nigeria and to continue to penetrate the opportunity for significant meter roll-out in Nigeria over the next 10-15 years. Conlog is a smart meters and metering solutions provider to utilities company.
“The exhibition offers an opportunity to explore the Nigerian market, identify strategic partners, source potential suppliers and learn new things and keep up with industry trends as we are in the energy space,” says the Managing Director of AET Africa, the innovators and manufacturers of energy efficiency products and clean technology from non-woven textiles, Ms Sandiswa Qayi.