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AFD Unveils Strategic Partnership Pillars For Nigeria’s Operations

AFD Unveils Strategic Partnership Pillars For Nigeria’s Operations

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Summary : Following its 16 years operations in Nigeria with investment estimated to worth about N5.5 trillion (3.3 billion euros) in over 57 projects, the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), Group has unveiled a renewed strategy for the next decade. AFD’s country director in Nigeria, Xavier Muron, who stated this during the group 15th anniversary held in Abuja over the weekend, said “Three pillars underpin this renewed partnership on promoting low-carbon and resilient infrastructure, supporting youth employability and developing quality jobs and; contributing to the improvement of governance to promote social cohesion and human rights.” He further said, “100 per cent of AFD’s future projects will be socially inclusive and aligned with the Paris Agreement. AFD will work hand-in-hand with other development partners to better coordinate and maximise its impact for the benefits of Nigerians.” The AFD director emphasised that “It is a great source of pride for the entire AFD team to have travelled these 15 years alongside Nigerians. This exciting journey continues for the next 15 years, and far beyond, with maturity and renewed enthusiasm and motivation”. Also speaking at the event, the acting French Ambassador to Nigeria, Jean-Francois Hasperue, reiterated France’s commitment to supporting Nigeria’s green industrial vision, particularly in climate action, sustainable development, and job creation. “We aim to create more stable jobs for the new generations entering the workforce. Nigeria is also rapidly emerging as a key player in the digital economy, and we are proud to see more and more French and Nigerian people wanting to engage in joint projects,” he said. The Presidential Envoy on Climate Change, Ajuri Ngelale, acknowledged the transformative impact of the French Development Agency’s collaboration with Nigerian government institutions, particularly in climate action. Also speaking at the event, the minister of Budget and Economic Planning, Atiku Bagudu recognised France’s support, emphasising critical areas such as climate action, digital economy, creative economy, sports, and food security. He said, “We share a vision of rule of law, democracy, and inclusion for all. We appreciate the French government’s backing, especially as we undertake challenging yet essential macroeconomic reform programs.” (LEADERSHIP)

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