• Short Summary

    A JAPANESE GOVERNMENT ECONOMIC MISSION, CURRENTLY ON A SALES PROMOTION TOUR OF AFRICA, ENDED A THREE-DAY VISIT TO NIGERIA ON SATURDAY WITH A CALL ON THE HEAD OF STATE, GENERAL GOWON.

  • Description

    A JAPANESE GOVERNMENT ECONOMIC MISSION, CURRENTLY ON A SALES PROMOTION TOUR OF AFRICA, ENDED A THREE-DAY VISIT TO NIGERIA ON SATURDAY WITH A CALL ON THE HEAD OF STATE, GENERAL GOWON.

    LEADER OF THE 30-MAN TRADE MISSION, MR. FUMIHIKO KOHNO, TOLD GENERAL GOWON THAT JAPAN WAS PREPARED TO HELP NIGERIA WITH ITS POST-WAR RECONSTRUCTION PROGRAMME, AND REITERATED A JAPANESE GOVERNMENT OFFER OF 5,000 TONS OF RICE AND 10 TRUCKS TO HELP WITH RELIEF.

    GENERAL GOWON INFORMED THE MISSION THAT THERE WAS A FAVOURABLE CLIMATE FOR FRUITFUL INTERNATIONAL INVESTMENTS IN NIGERIA. THE COUNTRY WAS POLITICALLY STABLE AND IT HAD ABUNDANT MANPOWER AND MATERIAL RESOURCES, HE ADDED. HONEST AND SINCERE INVESTORS WERE WELCOME.

    WHILE IN NIGERIA, THE JAPANESE MISSION VISITED VARIOUS INDUSTRIES AND HELD TALKS WITH SENIOR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS ON INVESTMENT POSSIBILITIES IN NIGERIA. MAIN THEME OF THE TALKS WAS JAPAN'S TRADE IMBALANCE WITH NIGERIA, OFFICIALLY ESTIMATED AT MORE THAN 10 MILLION NIGERIA POUNDS. (14.6 MILLION STERLING) IN FAVOUR OF JAPAN.

    OFFICIALS EMPHASISED THAT UNLESS JAPAN WAS PREPARED TO BUY MORE OF NIGERIA'S AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS THERE WAS NO IMMEDIATE PROSPECT OF IMPROVED RELATIONS BETWEEN THE TWO COUNTRIES.

    NIGERIA WAS A THRIVING MARKET FOR JAPANESE CARS, TEXTILES AND ELECTRONICS UNTIL IMPORTS WERE VIRTUALLY BANNED DURING THE CIVIL WAR.

    BEFORE THE MISSION LEFT FOR ACCRA, MR. KOHNO RECEIVED A PRESENTATION FROM GENERAL GOWON. LATER A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MISSION SAID THAT GOOD PROGRESS HAD BEEN MADE AT TALKS DURING THE NIGERIAN VISIT.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1UK8JFE40D9B0B75PKQO9S8KS
    Media URN:
    VLVA1UK8JFE40D9B0B75PKQO9S8KS
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/02/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:21:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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