President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday observed that one-third of the volume of trade between Africa and China was currently taking place with Nigeria.
A statement by a Presidential spokesman, Dr. Reuben Abati, quoted the President as saying this while receiving China’s outgoing Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Denq Boqing, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Jonathan said he was delighted by the growing bilateral relations between Nigeria and China, which had resulted in a phenomenal increase in trade between both countries.
He commended China’s support for the rehabilitation of Nigeria’s transportation infrastructure as well as the development of the country’s water and power sectors.
The President expressed the hope that mutually-beneficial bilateral relations between both countries, which had increased tremendously in the last three years, would be further enhanced in the coming years.
The statement added, “He (the President) called for greater investment from China in Nigeria’s agricultural sector and other sectors where Chinese expertise can help to develop Nigeria’s potential.
“President Jonathan praised the out-going ambassador for working very hard to boost trade and economic relations between both countries during his tenure in Nigeria.”
Boqing, who served in Nigeria for three years, said that his most fulfilling assignment was facilitating Jonathan’s State Visit to China last year.
He assured the President that he would continue to work for the expansion of the cordial relations between both countries wherever he found himself.