NBCC seeks to improve trade relations between Nigeria and British companies | The Guardian Nigeria News


The Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce (NBCC) has taken steps to strengthen its partnership and mutual collaboration with British American Tobacco (BAT) Nigeria.

The NBCC delegation made the trip during a courtesy visit to BAT’s regional headquarters for West and Central Africa in Lagos.

NBCC Deputy Chairman Ray Atelly said the aim of the NBCC was to promote the interests of Nigerian and British businesses as well as to seek ways of working together to improve trade relations and promote the mutual interests of the two countries at through its various activities.

External Affairs Director, BAT West and Central Africa, Odiri Erewa-Meggison expressed the company’s desire to engage with key stakeholders like the NBCC.

“As a market leader covering 25 markets across West and Central Africa, we appreciate the need to stay close to key industry stakeholders. We have always been among the top five exporters in Nigeria and are self-sufficient in terms of foreign exchange as we look inward to finance our exports.

“We are operating a model that can be replicated by other exporters and are willing to share our insights with other companies so they can achieve the same feat, given the recent forex crisis affecting the real sector in the country. “, she said.

She noted that BAT seeks to be the catalyst that stimulates investment in the country, while boasting of being a pioneering multinational.

Erewa-Meggison highlighted BAT’s new corporate program to “Build a Better Future”, aimed at reducing the impact of its operations on health, noting that BAT’s transformation is also closely linked to its social investments of company and its environmental, social and governance objectives.

She said that BAT Nigeria funds the British American Tobacco Nigeria Foundation (BATNF) with 1% of its income and plans to increase the percentage of funding pending the execution of more impactful agro-projects. on the lives of Nigerians.


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