ApexBrasil, the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency, has led a trade mission to Nigeria in an attempt to forge more business opportunities between the two countries.

11 delegates from industries such as cosmetics attended the mission, with ApexBrasil Trade Supervisor, Diogo Akitaya, stating it was important for the two countries to renew the business ties that were held decades ago.

Talking to press in Lagos, Nigeria, Akitaya said, “In the ‘80s and ‘90s, there used to be a strong presence of Brazilian companies in Nigeria, but after some time, business between our two countries was reduced. We have, therefore, organised a Trade Mission of these 11 Brazilian companies to Lagos for us to announce our readiness to now actively engage in business with Nigerians.
“And from our interaction with some Nigerians so far, we would now go back to tell more Brazilian companies of the business opportunities for them in Nigeria.”

Alongside the trade mission, the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has organized a Brazil-Nigeria Business Forum for businesses to look at ways in which they can execute business opportunities in the two countries.