His Excellency Benedict Onochie Amobi, Ambassador to Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland of the Government of Nigeria exchanged exclusive insights and deliberated on key issues regarding the future of Nordicʼs economy, market and business in 2014 and beyond, with other business and government leaders representing 15 countries at the flagship Future Global 100 (FG100) Nordics Meeting in Stockholm on 9 October.
HE Benedict Amobi shared with attending leaders about Nigeria, how businesses should be looking at this emerging market, and the need for greater co-operation between the Nordics government and industry.
“Avoid the Nigerian economy at your own peril. Nigeria has massive potential and opportunities for Nordic businesses, and there is a lack of government support to help take businesses (especially small to medium scale companies), to enter the African market,” said HE Amobi.
“Africa and Nigeria have the critical inputs of resources and the market… whilst the Nordic countries have the capital and skills. For
continued growth in Nordics, you need to move to the emerging and frontier markets of Africa and
Nigeria especially, to create a win-win situation for both markets,” added HE Amobi.
Platinum Circle, host of the FG100 Initiative, is a leading global business grouping of corporations, each with annual revenues exceeding USD$100 million, governments and intergovernmental organisations.
Since 2011, the FG100 Initiative has gathered more than 700 leaders representing 55 markets, over 400 organizations and 80 government and intergovernmental organisations to discuss the Future Global Agenda via a series of meetings globally.
The FG100 Nordics Meeting represents the voice of Nordics on the future of its economy and industry for leaders worldwide and Co-Chairs include Honourable Faiszer Musthapha, Deputy Minister of Investment Promotion, Presidentʼs Counsel of the Government of Sri Lanka; Mr Håkan Agnevall, President of Volvo Bus Corporation; Mr. Peter Hesslin, Managing Director, Sweden of DHL Freight; Ms Liselotte Engstam, Vice President and Head of Nordics of HCL Technologies; Mr Jonas Nordquist, CEO Confectionery & Snacks of Orkla Sweden; Mr. Eric Yu, President Carrier Resale Business of Huawei Enterprise BG; Mr. Eric Mboma, CEO of Standard Bank DRC; and Mrs. Gunilla Carlsson, Former Minister for International Development Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sweden.
Some of the other highly recognized and respected leaders in attendance represented SEB, Nokia Solutions Network, ABB, DHL, Ambea, Governments of Serbia, Sri Lanka, Germany, Malaysia, Romania, Finland, Poland, Bulgaria, and many more.
Following the FG100 Nordics Meeting, collective views of the FG100 Leaders will be compiled into a “Future of Nordics Report”, which will serve as an important forward-looking reference for foreign business and government leaders regarding Nordicʼs economic outlook and operating environment.
Platinum Circle looks forward to continue working closely with the Government of Nigeria to increase their voice and visibility in the FG100 Initiative and global community.
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