Canada Trade Mission to Africa
Nov 2002

See also Canada Trade Mission 2013


Dr Baba J Adamu participated in the Canada Trade Mission to Africa held on November 15-26, 2002.Johannesburg, South Africa, Lagos, Nigeria, Dakar, Senegal following the G-8 commitment towards Africa. Part of Canada commitment to boost trade with African countries. 

According to IMF, Africa is one of the fastest-growing economic regions in the world. Five of the world’s 20 fastest-growing economies are in sub-Saharan Africa. Between 1995 and 2011, average annual GDP growth in sub-Saharan Africa was greater than 4.9 %.

 
 
 

 

     

 

 

Dr Baba J Adamu has participated in the Canadian Trade Missions to Africa   - South Africa, Nigeria, and Senegal following the G-8 commitment towards Africa:

He also participated as a team-member of the former Canadian Prime Minister John Turner in the Ukraine Presidential Election with co-operation with the EU, and 2005 National Political Conference (Confab) in Nigeria:

   

       

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During the Trade Mission which took place at the Eko Meridian Hotel Lagos and at the Garden of the Canadian High Commission in Lagos, Dr. Baba Jibrin Adamu said that Nigeria is a major potential business partner to Canada and the rest of the world largely because Nigeria has the largest population in Africa- over 110 million people- the world’s tenth largest oil producer, possessing major resources of other minerals, an entrepreneurial population and a productive agricultural base. Under the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) and Canada, along with its G8 partners, Nigeria stands to benefit tremendously especially in the technology areas. Dr Adamu further stated that there are over 175 Canadian firms currently establishing and doing business in Nigeria. “Nigeria is Canada’s second most important sub-Saharan Africa market; the value of Canadian goods exported to Nigeria rose to $107.8 million in 2001 and service exports exceeded $17 million in 2000. Canadian imports in 2001, mostly crude oil, were valued at $212.7 million. Major Canadian exports included cereals, wireless telephony equipment, plastic products, drilling equipment, specialized machinery and vitamins”.

Reacting to a question on investment in Nigeria Dr. BJ Adamu said that the essence of attracting direct foreign investment into Nigeria will only be achieved if there are adequate infrastructure and incentive to attract investments. We will do all that we can to foster business relationship but you know, investors are interested in stable democracy, security to travel and do business and also credibility. Africa must take the bull by the horn and address the issue of security and business scams like the popular 419 issue. There is also the need to have proper infrastructure in place like adequate power supply and water, and of course viable and workable economic reforms. These are vital for any development to come.

The Company that I represent, iNetworks Canada has sought Nigerian partners to offer technologies and to bring a global broadband Internet-in-the-Sky® network to meet the broadband Internet Access needs of Nigerian Government, businesses, non-profit organizations, and individuals on a global basis. Our International Department co-operate with Progress International in delivering, importing and exporting networking & communication, and telecommunications products from across the world. We intend to make our presence in the Nigeria market and constantly seek viable partners to do business with.

We have the technology and the management skills to bring home the local and international knowledge in customizing Nigerian solutions. On whether this is the first business trip to Nigeria Dr. Baba Adamu said “not at all, although this is a major one. Today we have the Nigerian Canadian Board of Trade & Commerce and also the award winning online News Media called Arewa-online - http://www.arewaonline-ng.com/ with over 1 million membership. We have ANITV, the first of its kind that provides Nigerian TV news over the Internet. Although, due to the tremendous interest we are still negotiating which TV station to add more programs. Right now the Canadian Government have allocated $100 Million into the African Investment Fund and we are determined to bring half of that investment fund into Nigeria.


   

 

 

"Where despair and hopelessness exist, those who have the ability to take action have the moral responsibility to take action to help those who live on the bare edge of survival.  And democracy is more than the creed of our country, it is the inborn hope of our humanity, an ideal we must carry, a trust we must bear and pass along. And even after all these years, we have a long way yet to travel, that is why we must all be involved ..."  - Baba J Adamu

 

FUTURE OF ICT IN NIGERIA
"Today, Nigerian ICT sector is at the cross roads. The direction we choose will determine not just our future but also the legacy we leave behind for future generations of knowledge workers in this country, who have the creativity to dream impossible dreams and the determination to translate those dreams into reality"...
- Baba J Adamu

“Given the emergence of new regional dynamics in development policy and practice, Arewa region MUST fine-tune current regional development perspectives and to develop new ones that are not only more in sync with the present and future global context but with the governance systems being currently adopted that are becoming more and more decentralized and grassroots oriented. States Governors within the Arewa region must come together to create and adopt the Arewa Regional Economic Plan with emphasis on a balanced approach to development and opportunity for all diversity irrespective of one’s tribe, social class, religious belief and even political affiliation; and establish targets for economic growth of the entire region taking advantage of our Demographic Shifts, which will fuel the growth of new sectors, markets, and service lines in our communities. The ability of our diversity to build strength and unity is the power that will propel the region and consequently, the Nigerian industry, into new dimensions of performance and inclusive growth. Catalyzing Inclusive Growth Through ICT-enabled solutions in healthcare, education, financial services and public services can drive socio-economic development and inclusion of more than 30 million citizens each year, faster, cheaper and more effectively than traditional models. The economic plan should be built on current regional opportunities, collaboration and innovation linking States macroeconomic models with regional development and economic plan termed: Regional Econometric Model”President ACRD 

 

 


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