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Dangote proffers solutions to investors, manufacturers leaving the country

The President, Dangote Industries Ltd, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, has identified solutions to sustaining existing local and foreign investments as well as attracting new investors into the country.

Dangote gave the solutions in a keynote speech delivered at the opening of a three-Day Nigeria Manufacturers Summit with the theme,” Rethinking Manufacturing in Nigeria”.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the summit, held at the Banquet Hall, State House, Abuja, was declared opened by Vice President Kashim Shettima.

The Africa richest man said, to arrest investors from leaving the country in droves and attract new ones, the Federal Government must initiate deliberate industrial policies that assure investors of support and protection

According to him, such policies are the greatest incentives for all existing investors,manufacturers, both local and foreign.

The industrialist also noted that foreign investors, manufacturers would be attracted only when they see that local investors are also doing well.

According to him, what attracts foreign investment is not when the President or any other government agencies go outside the country to seek for foreign investment.

” I am recommending that government policies should support, protect existing industries so that others will know that their investments will also be protected.

” Is there any better incentives than that ? I don’t think so.

“So, I humbly summit that an industrial policy that assures investors of support and protection is the greatest incentives for all investors both local and foreign,” he said.

Dangote also underscored the importance of stable and affordable power, as well accessible financing to sustaining and attracting investors and manufacturers.

He said stable, affordable power and access to finance by manufacturers and investors would guarantee growth, industrialisation and prosperity.

According to him, import dependent economy is equivalent to importing poverty and exporting jobs.

He further said that when government policies become more supportive and protective, investors would be more willing to collaborate and partner with government.

” This will help in resolving others challenges such as infrastructure deficit, market instability and market economic issues such as inflation and foreign exchange volatility.

“However, ignoring all these facts is what give rise to insecurity, banditry, kidnappings and abject poverty in the land,” he said

On Bank loans to investors, Dangote said that the current 30 per cent interest rates is stifling growth and there is no way anybody can create jobs.

The business magnate, however, expressed the optimism that Nigeria has all it takes to develop and sustain a globally competitive manufacturing sector.

“To do so, we must rethink our industrialisation policy. We must look to leading countries in the West and the East who are actually protecting their domestic industries.

“We must similarly, introduce policies to protect our domestic industries and nurture them into home champions that will create the jobs and prosperity we desperately need.

” The time to rethink our industrial policy is now,” Dangote said.

He reiterated that manufacturing remains the key driver in the nation’s quest to economic development and self sufficiency.

Dangote added that the strengths of a country’s manufacturing sector determines its capacity to compete in global trade.

Also speaking at the event, a former Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Olusegun Aganga, appealed to President Bola Tinubu to declare manufacturing, a national priority sector.

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