Ismail Abdulazeez Mantu Reporting
In a remarkable testament to Edo State’s global standing and economic prowess, Governor Godwin Obaseki was the only sub-national government official invited to speak at the 10th Anniversary of the Belt and Road Global Chambers of Commerce and Associations Conference.
Truth Live News gathered that in the event, which brought together representatives from over 150 countries, was held in Fuzhou, the largest city in Fujian Province, where a significant number of Chinese companies operating in Edo State are headquartered.
Governor Obaseki seized the opportunity to strengthen business ties with Chinese investors and showcase the immense potential that Edo State offers for foreign investment. His presence at the conference underscores the state’s commitment to fostering international partnerships and economic development.
Edo State has emerged as a key player in the global economic landscape, currently ranking as the third state in Nigeria with the largest number of Chinese companies. Surpassing all but Lagos and Ogun, Edo State has witnessed a substantial influx of Chinese businesses, evolving from a handful to over 10, spanning various industries such as steel manufacturing, tiles, roofing, ceramics, wood processing, and notably hosting the largest glass company in West Africa.
The significance of the Belt and Road Global Chambers of Commerce and Associations Conference in Fuzhou cannot be overstated, especially given its alignment with the economic activities between Edo State and Chinese investors. The choice of Fuzhou as the conference venue, coinciding with the presence of numerous Chinese companies operating in Edo State, provided an opportune platform for Governor Obaseki to articulate the state’s commitment to creating a conducive business environment.
During his address, Governor Obaseki highlighted the strategic advantages of investing in Edo State, emphasizing its robust infrastructure, skilled workforce, and the state government’s commitment to creating an enabling environment for businesses to thrive. He extended an invitation to the global business community to explore the untapped potential in Edo State and join hands in fostering mutually beneficial partnerships.
The governor’s diplomatic and business acumen were on full display as he engaged with key stakeholders, fostering relationships that are poised to further bolster Edo State’s economic landscape. The success of this venture is anticipated to enhance the state’s position as a preferred investment destination, attracting more foreign direct investment and contributing to the overall economic growth of Edo State and Nigeria at large.