Jonathan Applauds Outgoing Chinese Ambassador, Says Nigeria/China Relations Is Fast Increasing

President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday applauded the growing bilateral relations between Nigeria and China, saying it had resulted in a phenomenal increase in trade between both countries.
The President noted that the bilateral relations between the two countries had witnessed rapid increase in the last three years, urged for more in the years ahead.

Jonathan who spoke during a courtesy call by the outgoing Chinese ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Denq Boqing, at the Presidential Villa Abuja, expressed the hope that the mutually-beneficial bilateral relations would be further bring about a mutually rewarding relations for both countries.

The president praised the outgoing ambassador for working hard to boost trade and economic relations between both countries during his tenure in Nigeria.

He pointed out that one-third of the volume of trade between China and Africa currently takes place with Nigeria.

The President thanked China for her support for the rehabilitation of Nigeria’s transportation infrastructure as well as the development of the Nigeria’s power sectors.

He called for greater investment from China in Nigeria’s agricultural sector and other areas where Chinese expertise could help Nigeria to realize its full potential.

In his remarks, Boqing, who served in Nigeria for three years, said that his most fulfilling assignment was facilitating Jonathan’s State Visit to China in 2013.

He assured the president that he would continue to work for the expansion of the cordial relations between China and Nigeria wherever he finds himself.