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The Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, says Nigeria has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a Chinese firm, the first-ever cotton value chain industry, worth two billion US dollars.
The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Mr Okechukwu Enelamah, who made this disclosure in Abuja at a news conference, said the MoU was signed with Shandong Ruyi International Fashion Industry, a Chinese firm.
He explained that the agreement would involve cotton growing to ginning, spinning, textile manufacture and garment in Katsina, Kano, Abia and Lagos States.
“Their investments will comprise aggregation and off take of cotton from farmers for ginning, spinning and weaving and manufacturing at least 300 million metres of African print, which will meet 20 per cent of West Africa’s demand.
“Others are producing cotton and denim garments for export and local consumption by Ruyi Group in Abia, Lagos and Kano states,” Enelamah said.
He added that in China, President Xi Jinping promised to open China’s market for agricultural products from Nigeria, based on trade negotiating engagements by Nigeria’s Trade Negotiators.
Enelamah said for industrialisation, the government was aggressively implementing the Nigeria Industrial Revolution Plan (NIRP) by establishing the Nigeria Industrial Policy and Competitiveness Advisory Council.
According to him, the focus would be on five high priority areas: policy and regulation, trade and markets, critical infrastructure, skills, capacity building and financing.
Enelamah said that the government had begun the establishment and upgrading of some existing industrial parks to world-class special economic zones (SEZs), across the six geo-political zones in the country.