The Consul-General of Switzerland in Lagos, Mr Yves Nicolet, on Sunday expressed the readiness of more Swiss companies to export their products to Nigeria, as soon as the recession was over.
Nicolet made the remark in Lagos at the celebration of the 726th anniversary of the foundation of the Swiss Confederation.
The Consul-General said that the celebration of the Swiss Day in Lagos, which was usually meant to be celebrated on Aug. 1, every year, was not a blunder.
“Today, we are celebrating the 726th anniversary of the foundation of the Swiss Confederation. We are not making a plunder if we are not celebrating the Swiss National Day on Aug. 1st.
“Let me say that we have been trying to strengthen our bilateral relations with Nigeria, especially in the areas of Economy and Culture.
“In the last two months, we are proud to see five new Swiss companies who took the decisions to open their branch offices here in Lagos, and this is a very positive sign.
“Let us hope that as soon as the economic recession ends in this country, we will have a lot more of Swiss companies that will show big interest in the Nigerian market,’’ he said.
The Consul-General, however, said that the current economic situation was also the “right moment’’ for companies to come and invest in Nigeria.
Nicolet expressed optimism at the possibility for the improvement in the current Nigerian economy.
He said that he was committed to attracting more Swiss companies to come and invest, as well as do business in Nigeria.
Nicolet also announced his home government’s plan in October, to organise “Nigerian Days’’ in the three linguistic regions of Switzerland, where Swiss companies would be exposed to investment opportunities in Nigeria.
“The volume of the bilateral trade between Switzerland and Nigeria has to be increased, and I am here with the goal of reaching this objective.
“We believe that the bilateral trade between our two countries is quite still weak. I am convinced that we can bring more Swiss company products to Nigeria, as well as have more Nigerian products go to Switzerland,’’ he said.
According to him, about 90 per cent of Switzerland’s importation from Nigeria is crude oil.