Kano State Government says it will create an enabling environment for Indonesian investors in the agriculture towards revamping food production for local consumption and export.
The state governor, Alhaji Abdullahi Umar Ganduje made the pledge while receiving the Indonesian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Harry Purwanto, at the Aminu Kano House in Abuja.
He lamented that the state was losing huge revenue due to inadequate food processing industries.
“Kano will open its doors to willing investors, especially in the area of food processing, to curb undue wastage of the food processing, vegetables and tomato produced by local farmers.
“Food processing industry in Kano offers a significant market potential for local and foreign suppliers of food and ingredients,” Ganduje said.
He expressed confidence that the state government would benefit immensely from the Indonesia expertise in food processing.
The governor also encouraged the Indonesian investors to kick-start collaborations with entrepreneurs in the state in the area of leather processing, in which the state has huge potential.
He added that investment in the Halal meat industry would also yield a bountiful result.
Dr Ganduje equally sought for a possible partnership with the vising investors in the area of solid minerals development in the state.
He stressed that “Kano, apart from being a commercial centre for Northern Nigeria, is also blessed with vast deposits of mineral resources in commercial quantity, which are largely unexploited”.
Earlier, Amb. Purwanto explained that Indonesia enjoyed excellent trade relations with Nigeria.
He added that investors from his country have expressed desire to explore the opportunities in doing projects in Kano in the areas of infrastructure development, agriculture and mining.
He advised the governor to take advantage of the window that would be provided by forthcoming Indonesia-Africa Forum, to attract Direct Foreign Investment from Indonesia to Kano for mutual benefit.
On her part, the Chief Executive Officer, Indonesia Export Bank, Sinthya Roesly told the governor that her bank was ready to support Kano’s economic and social growth through a variety of products, including Islamic financing.
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