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Nigerian Charge‘d Affair in Mali,Yara Abdulsalam, has disclosed that Innoson Motors, an indigenous manufacturing company, has signed an MoU with a Malian firm to export 400 locally made vehicles to Mali.


Abdulsalam stated at the weekend when he led a team of business delegation from Mali to visit the Foreign Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeama in Abuja.

He said Innoson Motors had during the week signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Taxi Plus VIP, a Mali based transport company for the expansion transport business in Mali.

He explained that the development was the outcome of “Made in Nigeria products exhibition” held in Bamako, Mali in 2016 facilitated by Ginco Group, a Nigerian firm based in Mali to show-case Nigeria’s potentials.

“From the exhibition Taxi Plus VIP approached the embassy that they wanted to import vehicle from China but we told them that we had indigenous company in Nigeria that manufactures vehicles.

“They started talking with Innoson through Nigerian Export Promotion Commission (NEPC) and the deal was later finalized.


“Mali is the centre of Francophone countries which has boundary with eight countries, if this materialise in Mali, it will affect all other countries and will increase Foreign Direct Investment in Nigeria,” he said.


The Minister in his remarks expressed delight at the development which he described as the beginning of industrial revolution in Nigeria.


He said that it was a good development that would enhance job creation and stem down the rate at which youths embark on dangerous adventure to Europe in search greener pasture.


“So what you are achieving can really be the beginning of revolution in our country, the longest journey has to start from somewhere.


“What you are doing represents a giant leap for Africa because it involved trading among ourselves.


“What I found so interesting is that we are trading at the highest technology level with exportation of automobile, cars and buses to one another.


“As we are now laying the foundation to do the sky is the limit for Africa, it means we have broken that glass ceiling that is holding us down,” he said.


He commended the Nigerian embassy in Mali for providing the institutional support for the MOU.


According to him, this is what the ministry wants Nigerian embassies around the world to be doing to serve as small hub to promote trade relationship.


He said that the one of the ministry’s goals was to be a hub to promote Nigerian export.


“We have many offices around the world and we want to leverage on that to promote Nigerian goods,” he said.


The Managing Director of Ginco Group, Mr Godwin Oguzie, said that the 2016 Made in Nigeria exhibition in Bamako Mali was to let Nigerian manufacturers know that opportunity awaits them in Mali to sell their products.


Oguzie said that he led Taxi Plus VIP to sign the historic MOU with Innoson Motors on the exportation of 400 vehicles to Mali.


“We sign an MOU with Innosson Manufacturing Company to enable Taxi Plus increase its capacity to provide urban transportation system in Bamako.


“We signed an MOU that they will be getting up to 400 vehicles from Nigeria. This is the first time a country in Africa is exporting locally manufactured vehicles to other country,” he said.

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