Wednesday, April 28, 2010

American Business Council Host Roundtable meeting with Ambassador Sanders

I had a business roundtable meeting on April 21 with the American Business Council (ABC), whose members are U.S. companies operating in Nigeria. This forum provided me the opportunity to discuss key economic and political developments in Nigeria and to address other topics of interest to American companies operating here.

In meeting with the ABC group, I was able to share information on recent developments with the members and they were also able to bring me up to date with their issues and concerns.

Discussion topics included the recently signed Binational Commission (BNC) and its areas of focus; the just-concluded visit of Acting President Goodluck Jonathan to the United States; the advancement of U.S. investment and business opportunities in Nigeria; the current business investment climate; and an exchange on industry operational challenges.

Hopefully, these types of meetings will be ongoing as they are helpful for all participants. Exchanges like this assist in advancing the strategic economic partnerships between Nigeria and the United States and promote a level playing field for U.S. interests in Nigeria.