As one of the positive effects of the just-concluded Osun Economic and Investment Summit, the United States of America on Monday expressed readiness to support the State across all the different sectors of the economy.
The United States pledged its support during a courtesy visit to the Governor’s office by its Commercial Section Delegation led by the Commercial Attache of the United States Department of Commerce and International Trade Administration, Christine Kelley.
Kelley said the mission was ready to build sustainable business relations with the state government in the areas of agriculture, infrastructure development, Information, education, Communication and Technology (ICT), mining and other investment and partnership opportunities available in the state.
Kelley, who expressed satisfaction at the government’s commitment to exploring every business opportunity for greater development, said the mission would be very glad to work with the State government in its efforts at driving business development in the State.
The US envoy who described Osun as an investment destination, said the mission would not hesitate to take adequate advantage of the windows of business, investment and partnership opportunities opened to investors by the State government.
She commended the government’s efforts at developing a vibrant commercial community spread across some strategic locations in the State, describing it as impressive.
“The United States would be willing to intensify efforts at improving bileteral trade between us and Nigeria. We believe that Osun State has a great potential for development in key sectors of the economy, particularly in energy, infrastructure and ICT.
“We have moved round to see the efforts of the government in creating an enabling environment for investment, trade promotion, women empowerment and entrepreneurship. I could see some agro-business, plastic recycling and all that. The US is keen about partnership with the State,” Kelley added.
In his remarks, the Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, commended the leadership of the US Commercial Section for the expression of its readiness to build economic ties with the State.
He said the visit by the US delegation was timely as it came at a time the state is fully prepared and ready for investors, adding that the US is the first to show interest after the just-concluded economic and investment submit in the State.
I like to welcome Kelley to our State. You’ve come at a right time when we are harvesting the effects of the Economic and Investment Summit that we had and it is interesting that the US is the first to knock the door of investment opportunities in the State.
“We have the State Development Plan that stands on the four pillars of Economic Development; Infrastructure Development; Human Capital Development Security, and Environmental Sustainability.
“We carefully planned the summit to highlight the potential of the State. We are a naturally-gifted State and we need the US support and partnership. We are creating the enabling environment and part of this is the plan to process the Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) for investors within 90 days. We are indeed ready for the investors,” the Governor stated.
With Kelley on the US Delegation to the State were a Senior Commercial Specialist, Embassy of the United States of America, Ngozi Nkwoh, and a Commercial Assistant at the US Embassy, Chidinma Akaniro.