The Ivorian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mrs Toure Maman, says the signing of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) by both countries would help strengthen economic ties between them.
Maman expressed the optimism in an interview with news reporters in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, on Sunday.
She described the agreement, which requires member states to massively reduce tariffs on goods as well as allow free access to commodities and services across the continent, as a welcome economic development for both countries.
She said that the signing of the agreement in July marked a new dawn in trade relations between Cote d’Ivoire and Nigeria.
“Cote d’ Ivoire is a very open country where you can go and carry out your business operations, in line with the AfCFTA.
“If you have money to establish a business there, you are free to do so, you do not need to think that Ivorians have to be the chief executive or anything related to that.
“Cote d’Ivoire is part of the free trade agreement, which is the best thing to have happened in Africa because Nigerians/Ivorians will get to relate with each other better through trade.
”Although we are in the same continent, some people do not know the economic and natural potentials inherent in the region.
“We are very glad to be part of the AfCFTA; I congratulate President Buhari on signing the agreement, because free movement will help to strengthen the trade between our countries.”
Amaka E. Nliam