In a bid to give adequate supports to various businesses operating within Anambra Senatorial District and promote the Igbo economy, the Senator representing Anambra South, (Dr) Ifeanyi Ubah have engaged the Chinese Embassy ambassador to Nigeria, Cui Jianchun in an interaction discussion on how to promote business activities within the District and Southeast Geopolitical Zone in general.
In a meeting which was held in Abuja at the Chinese office lasted for about two hours, where Sen Uba reminded the Ambassador of the need to consolidate a strong partnership that will promote the interests of business operators in Anambra South and other parts of the southeast geopolitical zone.
The Senator also maintained that Anambra State especially Anambra South Senatorial District is the commercial nerve center of the southeastern region of Nigeria and that with strong business and economic partnerships with China, the Igbo economy will record significant growth. However, deliberations on the challenges regularly faced by business operators especially those from Anambra South in the Chinese Visa application process were equally discussed.
Sen Uba equally urged the Ambassador to do the needful and end the unwarranted frustrations and initiate a programme for his constituents through which existing and upcoming business operators will be exposed to various business fields and opportunities. While assuring the Chinese ambassador for collaboration with the Anambra state government, Air Peace Airline and other relevant stakeholders to make the event successful.
According to Sen Uba, “I also called for the establishment of Anambra-Chinese Chamber of Commerce to enhance the business relationship between ndị Anambra South, ụmụ ọma Anambra State and China”. “I further used the opportunity to inform the Chinese Ambassador that my Senatorial District through my intervention programmes in security and economy, has hugely patronised Chinese manufacturers and will also sponsor my constituents to the country in October to participate in the Autumn Edition of the Canton Fair and Skill Acquisition Programmes”.
Responding to my appeals, the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria Cui Jianchun acknowledged that the Chinese visa application process for Nigerians is cumbersome and assured me that he will make efforts to encourage businesses in Nigeria by pushing for a review of his country’s visa policy.
Ambassador Cui Jianchun also appreciated my efforts and assured me that he will work towards organising a programme that will not only expose existing and upcoming business operators within my Senatorial District to various business fields and opportunities but will also encourage them to achieve their business goals in no distant time.
He also assured me of his maximum support as I plan to sponsor my constituents to China for them to attend the Autumn Edition of the Canton Fair and Skill Acquisition Programmes in October, and maintained that the gains of partnerships between my Senatorial District and Chinese investors cannot be overemphasized.
Also with me during the visit was the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of New Age Mobile Concepts Limited Mr Ekene Kingsley Okpala. Ndị be anyị, rest assured that I will never relent in partnering with relevant authorities to promote and protect your interests. Thank you for your supports and may God continue to guide and protect us.