Trade Delegation and Prime Minister Rutte visit Nigeria

26 November 2019

This week, eight Dutch companies, including FrieslandCampina, will be travelling with the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte, to Nigeria. The aim of this visit is to strengthen trade and economic cooperation as well as address opportunities and bottlenecks. Roel van Neerbos, President, FrieslandCampina Consumer Dairy, will be part of the mission.

On Tuesday 26 November, the trade delegation will participate in the round table organised by the Confederation of the Netherlands Industry and Employers (VNO-NCW) in Abuja. President Buhari, Prime Minister Rutte and various Nigerian ministers will be present. The agenda consists of discussions on economic cooperation, trade and investments. As part of the Dairy Development Programme (DDP), FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria PLC will be signing a cooperation agreement related to the development of local dairy farming.

According to Roel van Neerbos, President, FrieslandCampina Consumer Dairy: ‘This mission is an important step in strengthening our longstanding relationship with the Nigerian government. The collaboration aligns with our vision to provide better nutrition to the world with our Dairy Development Programme. FrieslandCampina enables local dairy farmers, like in Nigeria, to optimally run their businesses and raise the quality and quantity of their dairy production via the DDP.’

Nigeria is Africa’s largest economy and for the Netherlands it is the most important export country on the continent. Currently, it is experiencing enormous population growth and urbanisation. This leads to challenges for which Dutch companies, in particular, can offer solutions such as in the areas of water, food supply, health and energy. It is mainly companies from these sectors that will be involved in the visit.