- A partnership between Nigeria and Austria on renewable energy is underway
- The partnership is part of efforts to deepen bilateral trade between the two countries
- According to report, the partnership will be on renewable energy and agriculture
Nigeria is set to partner with Austria on renewable energy as part of efforts to deepen bilateral trade between the two nations.
Vivian Okeke, Nigeria’s ambassador to Austria stated this in an interview with the Europe correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at a conference in Zurich.
NAIJ.com gathers that Okeke said that Austria is very strong in renewable energy - and that such partnership would ensure a transfer of technology to Nigeria.
According to her, the partnership is in line with government’s effort in diversifying from the oil sector which accounts for a large percentage of the nation’s GDP.
The envoy also listed trade in machineries, agricultural produce and seedlings as new areas of partnership.
While speaking on the cordial relations between the two countries, Okeke said that the proposed areas of partnership would further boost the current trade volume which stands at 300 million euros. The trade volume is in favour of Nigeria with the bulk of the money being from sales in oil and gas.
Nigeria and Austria established formal diplomatic ties in 1962, but their relationship dated back to 1909 when the then Austria-Hungary opened a consulate in Lagos.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that Austria had completed the process of organising skills acquisition programmes for at least 1000 Nigerian irregular migrants in Austria before their repatriation.
The country’s director general, International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD), Michael Spindelegger, said this in Abuja at a meeting with foreign affairs minister, Geoffrey Onyeama.
Spindelegger said that ICMPD, with its headquarters in Austria, would start the programme with Nigeria as a pilot scheme before extending to others.
He said that the programme was to prepare the migrants for gainful employment which some Austrian companies were to set up later in Nigeria.
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