Following a remarkable improvement in trade deals between Nigeria and Italy, both countries are set to embrace a more robust business relationship with Italian small and medium enterprises as coordinated by PMI Italia.
The project and relationship, which is private-sector driven but with strong backings from governments of the two countries are spearheaded by Nkeiruka Okoronkwo’s Italy and Nigeria-based Da-Uno Global Concept.
The Nigerian Italian, who is also the President of the Italy-Nigeria Business Association (NBA) explained at the weekend that it has taken over 25 years to finally get things moving for the small and medium business groups in Nigeria and their Italian counterparts after convincing leaders of an Italian firm, PM Italia that there are untapped gold mines in Nigeria and credible entrepreneurs willing to do legitimate deals.
The PM Italia officials and entrepreneurs have also confirmed that a group of Nigerians in Diaspora and Nigeria are expected to converge to hold meaningful business discussions from the 19th through the 21st of July at the Hotel Mercure, Roma, in Italy.
The meeting, Okoronkwo said, is to formally bring together the two countries’ entrepreneurs after several negotiations could not move forward and equally occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic that slowed businesses and travels by pushing back face-to-face meetings.
Several Nigerian agencies and organisations that will form the bulk of participants to be present include the Nigeria Raw Materials Development Council, NAFDAC, BOI, NEPC, FMITI, NEPZA, and the Nigerian business community.
The event at the Hotel Mercure in Roma West, on Viale Eroi di Cefalonia, she disclosed, would serve several purposes including the promotion of business relations between Nigeria’s SME community across all sectors and the Italian Association of Small and Medium Businesses.
According to Signor Cerciello of PM Italia, delegates from Nigeria and in “Diaspora are also scheduled to meet with PMI President, Tommaso Cerciello at the PMO National Operational Headquarters in Nola, Campania.
“The delegation of the Republic of Nigeria will be composed of: Nigerian entrepreneurs, representatives of chambers of commerce and politicians to enter into bilateral agreements. They will also seek to create economic and industrial ties or strengthen the already existing ones between Italy and Nigeria and create a platform for business and investment networking, match-making and joint venture partnership between the Nigerian and Italian business community”, Cerciello said.
The Italian also implored entrepreneurs interested in the initiative to fill out forms detailing information about their company and reach out to the National Secretariat of NOLA for further clarification or questions.