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UBA, Japan Trade Office to lift SMEs, tackle poverty

UBA, Japan Trade Office to lift SMEs, tackle poverty

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United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc and the Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) yesterday agreed to work together in promote Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) growth in Africa.

The Chairman, UBA Group, Tony Elumelu and JETRO CEO, Hiroyuki Ishige met at the bank’s headquarters in Lagos where they agreed to promote SMEs and alleviate poverty in Africa.

The meeting was attended by other bank executives and Japanese businessmen who were hosted at a cocktail at the UBA House, in Lagos, Nigeria.

Elumelu who welcomed the guests, noted that the deliberations had earlier begun in Davos, Switzerland, adding that like UBA, JETRO shared the passion for transforming lives and helping to build businesses and trade across the world.

According to Elumelu, “When global leaders visit a country, they bring global attention. These investors who came from Davos have seen Nigeria as a business destination and have come to the country for the first time to visit us and see how things work here. The fact is that we all share the same passion to help transform lives and businesses around the world’.

Continuing, Elumelu said to the Japanese delegation, “We are aware of the various investments you have made recently to develop Africa and African businesses and this is what we also stand for at UBA, developing enterprises across the African continent. We believe that this visit will mark  significant milestones and progress as we work towards empowering the youths and small and medium scale businesses.”

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