China, Nigeria seek joint development under BRI

Added On February 8, 2019

 China's Ambassador to Nigeria Zhou Pingjian says there are big development opportunities between China and Africa's largest economy under the Belt and Road Initiative.

Speaking at a Spring Festival reception in Abuja on Thursday, the ambassador said bilateral cooperation will enjoy brighter prospects under the BRI, which will further close bilateral economic relations.
China-Nigeria trade volume hit 15.3 billion U.S. dollars in 2018, up 10.8 percent year-on-year, with Nigeria remaining China's third largest trade partner in Africa.
SOUNDBITE (English): ZHOU PINGJIAN, Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria
“This year is the first year that Nigeria formally joins the big family of the BRI. The Belt and Road is China's initiative, but it belongs to the world and benefits all. China adheres to the fundamental national policy of opening up and the pursuit of development with doors open wide. China will actively promote international cooperation through the BRI. China stands ready to work with Nigeria to elevate our strategic partnership to a new level and bring greater benefits to our two countries and peoples."
Nigeria joined the BRI together with 27 other African countries during the 2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in September, bringing the total number of BRI's African member states to 37.