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FG urges KEPCO to partner on production

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By Abraham Adekunle

Tinubu calls on the Asian company to establish production bases in Nigeria.

President Bola Tinubu has called on a South Korean company, Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO), to establish production bases in Nigeria. He highlighted the country’s vast potential for economic growth and industrial development. This invitation comes as Nigeria seeks to diversify its economy and reduce its reliance on oil exports. The country’s economic development plan, dubbed the “Nigeria Industrial Revolution Plan,” aims to increase the contribution of the manufacturing sector to the country’s GDP from its current 10% to 25% by 2025.

Nigeria’s partnership with South Korea in the production sector is not a new development. In recent years, the two countries have strengthened their economic ties, with South Korea investing heavily in Nigeria’s manufacturing sector. In 2022, the Nigerian government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with KEPCO to develop a 1,000-megawatt solar power plant in the country. This project, worth $2.5 billion, aims to provide clean and sustainable energy to millions of Nigerians. The project is also expected to create thousands of jobs and stimulate economic growth in the country.

KEPCO ideal partner for Nigeria given track record.

This call for KEPCO to establish production bases in Nigeria is a strategic move to boost the country’s industrial capacity and create jobs for its growing population. Nigeria has a vast and youthful workforce, with over 60% of its population below the age of 25. By attracting foreign investment in the production sector, the government hopes to create employment opportunities and stimulate economic growth. The government has also implemented various incentives to attract foreign investors, including tax breaks, investment promotion schemes, and the establishment of free trade zones.

South Korea, with its advanced manufacturing capabilities and cutting-edge technology, is an ideal partner for Nigeria in this regard. KEPCO, in particular, has a proven track record in the energy sector, having developed numerous power plants and transmission systems around the world. By partnering with KEPCO, Nigeria can leverage the company’s expertise and resources to develop its own production capabilities. South Korea’s manufacturing sector is highly advanced, with a strong focus on innovation and R&D. By partnering with South Korean companies, Nigeria can gain access to cutting-edge technology and expertise, helping to drive innovation and entrepreneurship in the country.

Export boost and increase in competitiveness.

Moreover, Nigeria’s partnership with South Korea in the production sector has the potential to boost the country’s exports and increase its competitiveness in the global market. With its large population and strategic location in West Africa, Nigeria is well-positioned to become a hub for manufacturing and export in the region. By establishing production bases in Nigeria, KEPCO and other South Korean companies can tap into this vast market and expand their global reach. Nigeria’s exports have been dominated by oil and gas for decades, but the government is keen to diversify the country’s export base and reduce its reliance on oil exports.

In addition to the economic benefits, Nigeria’s partnership with South Korea in the production sector also has the potential to promote technology transfer and skills development. By working with South Korean companies, Nigerian engineers and technicians can gain valuable expertise and knowledge in advanced manufacturing techniques and technology. This can help to build Nigeria’s capacity for innovation and entrepreneurship, driving growth and development in the long term. The partnership can also help to promote skills development and training in Nigeria, helping to address the country’s skills gap and increase its competitiveness in the global market.

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Furthermore, the partnership between Nigeria and South Korea in the production sector can also contribute to the development of Nigeria’s infrastructure. The construction of production bases and factories requires significant investment in transportation networks, energy supply, and other essential services. By partnering with South Korean companies, Nigeria can attract investment in these critical areas, helping to modernize its infrastructure and improve the business environment. The government has also implemented various initiatives to improve the country’s infrastructure, including the establishment of a new deep-sea port and the expansion of the country’s rail network.

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