Edun Commends Outgoing World Bank Country Director For Promoting Nigeria’s Economic Growth

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The Minister of Finance and Co-ordinating Minister of the Economy, Mr Wale Edun, has commended the outgoing World Bank Country Director for Nigeria, Dr Shubham Chaudhari, for his significant contributions to the country’s economic growth.

According to a press release signed by the Director, Information and Public Relations at the Ministry, Mohammed Manga, Edun, at an event, he hosted in honour of the out-going World Bank Country Director, acknowledged the organisation’s crucial role in promoting socio-economic sustainability and enhancing Nigeria’s economic competitiveness.

He expressed appreciation for the remarkable achievements recorded during Dr Chaudhari’s tenure and reaffirmed the country’s commitment to building on these accomplishments so as to further drive economic progress in line with the Renewed Hope Agenda of the President Bola Tinubu-led administration.

“We appreciate your tireless efforts towards the promotion of economic growth and development in Nigeria. Your leadership and expertise have made a significant impact on our country’s progress.

“Your dedication to supporting Nigeria’s development agenda is truly commendable. We are grateful for these contributions and look forward to continued collaboration.

“Your commitment to fostering inclusive and sustainable growth in Nigeria is inspiring. We appreciate your partnership and guidance in shaping our country’s future”, Edun said.

He informed that the hallmark of the present administration’s policy thrust that brought fiscal reforms was aimed at boosting the nation’s economic development with a view to attracting foreign investments so as to ensure job creation, poverty reduction and improved standard of living for the citizenry.

The Minister assured that Nigeria offers a wealth of opportunities for foreign investors, with a large and growing market, rich natural resources, and a skilled workforce.

He said: “We invite you to explore the possibilities and partner with us for mutual growth. Join us in harnessing the potential of Nigeria’s emerging economy.

“Our country offers a favourable business environment, investment incentives, and a dynamic market waiting to be tapped.”

He invited the international community to discover the opportunities and advantages of investing in Nigeria.

“Our government is committed to creating a conducive environment for businesses to thrive and succeed. We are inviting the international development partners to come to Nigeria and invest their resources.

“Nigeria is a country with diverse business opportunities and market potentials for profit maximisation,” he stressed.

The Minister stated further that Nigeria would continue to be a development partner with the World Bank, and that the present administration was committed to championing a good cause as well as implement policies that would boost the country’s economy in order to make it more vibrant and resilient.

Edun further appreciated Dr Chaudhari’s tenure, which he said, underscores the importance of supporting and recognizing Nigeria, aligning with President Tinubu’s pragmatic leadership in providing good governance.

He added that the reforms initiated by the administration would serve as a window to the global investment community, stressing that Nigeria is open for business with stable and profitable benefits.

He thus called on philanthropists, both within and outside the country, to invest their resources in Nigeria, a country with the largest population in Africa.

Speaking during the event, Chaudhari described the event as symbolic and strategic, saying that it would help build bonds in relationship trust.

“He commended Nigeria for its proactive measures and robust efforts in fostering sustainable economic development despite the daunting challenges.

The out-going Director assured that his organisation’s doors were widely open for more collaborations and partnerships for the country’s growth.

Earlier in her remarks at the event, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Finance, Mrs Lydia Shehu Jafiya, assured that the Ministry will continue to provide an enabling environment for the full implementation of the policies, programmes and projects of the Federal Government in line with its mandate.

She appealed to the international community to support the efforts of the present administration in its determination to boost the country’s economy and stressed the need for international partners to take advantage of the country’s diversity and invest their resources for maximum benefits.

“Nigeria offers a vast and untapped market, rich in natural resources and human capital. We invite you to explore the numerous investment opportunities and be a part of our growth story.

“Join us in shaping Nigeria’s future and tapping into the immense potentials of our economy. Together, let’s create a prosperous and sustainable tomorrow.

“Nigeria is open for business. We welcome foreign investors to partner with us in unlocking our economic potentials and driving growth in key sectors,” Jafiya said.

Also speaking, the Permanent Secretary Special Duties, Mr Okokon Ekanem Udo, assured that the present administration was committed to putting and implementing projects that will impact on the lives of Nigerians in line with contemporary global realities.

He commended Chaudhari for his commitment and dedication.
“Thank you for your dedication and commitment.

“We are grateful for your unwavering support and guidance, which has helped us navigate complex development challenges and create a brighter future for Nigerians,” Udo said.

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