Kano State Government and Hunan Province of the People’s Republic of China have signed a Friendship Agreement that covers several areas of bilateral cooperation.
The Director-General of Foreign Affairs, Office of Hunan Provincial Government, Mr Xu Zhengxian and the Kano State Attorney-General, Ibrahim Mukhtar signed the agreement on behalf of their respective governments.
During the ceremony which took place at the Aminu Kano Governor’s lodge, Abuja on Thursday morning, the State Acting governor, Prof. Hafiz Abubakar, said that Kano has carved a niche for itself as “a famous commercial centre”, with easy access to multiple markets and millions of people not only in Northern Nigeria but also in Niger, Burkina Faso, Cameroon and Sudan.
Describing Kano as an ideal investment destination because it serves as one of West Africa’s largest markets, the acting governor said the entrepreneurial skills and warm hospitality of its people, coupled with vast natural resources, were added advantage that would encourage prospective investors.
“We, therefore, welcome this bilateral agreement with you because I can see that you intend to invest in agriculture, construction, leather, textile and other areas,” he told the delegation.
Abubakar expressed confidence that the friendship would continue to grow from strength to strength, thanking Lee Group, the Chinese conglomerate for its investments in Kano, which he said has created thousands of jobs that have added value to the local and national economy.
Earlier, the Governor of Hunan Province, Mr Xu Da She, who spoke through an interpreter, explained that the Friendship Agreement aimed to deepen Nigeria-China relations.
“We have experience in social and economic development and we are willing to share it with the people of Nigeria.
“We are willing to deepen cooperation with Kano in agriculture because we have expertise in agriculture, agricultural equipment and technology, processing of products as well as infrastructure development,” Da She said.
He said that his province was the home of Mao Zedong, which he described as an important and essential part of China with over 73 million inhabitants and a total GDP of about $500 million.
Da She expressed optimism that relations between the two sister states would yield positive results with the multiplier effect on both countries, stressing that the states have huge potentials that could be harnessed for mutual benefit.
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