The new Consul-General of Switzerland in Lagos, Yves Nicolet, has expressed dissatisfaction over “weak” bilateral trade relations between his country and Nigeria.
He expressed his government’s readiness to improve on its existing economic relations with Nigeria in the years ahead.
Mr. Nicolet stated this at the official opening of a new Consulate-General of Switzerland in Lagos, saying the new Consulate-General would focus mostly on economic, business and trade relations.
“We want to improve the economic relations between our two countries. Nigeria has such a huge potential.
“If the presence of Switzerland is already relatively important with 35 Swiss firms currently in Nigeria, I believe that our bilateral trade is still quite weak.
“We have to increase our commercial relationship and bring more Swiss products into Nigeria, as well as export more Nigerian goods into Switzerland,” he said.
Mr. Nicolet said it was important for Nigeria and Switzerland’s volume of bilateral trade to be increased.
The envoy said the opening of the Consulate-General in Lagos was not only a “positive sign” for Switzerland, but also for Nigeria, adding that his government recently closed many of its consulates.
“Within the last five years, Switzerland closed many consulates all over the world, especially in Europe and the Americas, for financial reasons.
“And at the same time, the Swiss government had decided to open only two Consulates-General in Ho Chi Min City in Vietnam and Lagos in Nigeria,” he said.
Nicolet also enjoined Swiss companies and nationals in Lagos to feel free in approaching the Consulate-General for any request and assistance.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Switzerland, in addition to the new Consulate-General just reopened in Nigeria’s commercial capital of Lagos, after a 55-year closure, also has an embassy in Nigeria’s capital city of Abuja.