Ugwuanyi observed that, there are many other areas of potential partnership and cooperation between your country and Enugu cutting across various sectors of the economy.
THE Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Nigeria, His Excellency, Morteza Rahimi Zarchi, has approached the Enugu State Government on the readiness of the Arab country to establish a bilateral business relationship with the State Government.
At the Government House, Enugu, Tuesday, the envoy said that his delegation was in Enugu to conduct a feasibility study on establishing an Iranian Hospital, at the ongoing Heliu Residences project in Enugu as well as seek general bilateral cooperation with the government.
While he was delighted at the interest by Iran in establishing a world class medical facility in Enugu, the state governor Ugwuanyi observed that “there are many other areas of potential partnership and cooperation between your country and Enugu cutting across various sectors of the economy.”
According to the Ambassador, the desire to seek bilateral cooperation with the State Government was due to the state’s historical background, natural resources, geographical affinity with neighboring states, international airport as well as its prevailing peaceful atmosphere.
He disclosed that already many Iranian drug companies are willing to bring the drugs to Nigeria or even import the raw materials into the country for the final production.
Said the envoy: “It is worthy of note that about 90 per cent of drugs and pharmaceuticals used in the Iranian hospitals are manufactured inside Iran, which the world is using at the moment.”
The state governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi said that his administration is committed to the sustenance of a conducive environment for businesses and other developmental initiatives as demonstrated by its continued investments in security critical infrastructure.
Added to that, he explained is the necessary legislations, institutional frameworks, favourable tax regime and special incentives that would make it more convenient for the operation of businesses.
He added that the state currently has on the block for commercialisation or privatization, over 17 potentially lucrative state-owned companies and industries dealing in diverse areas of business and production.
According to Ugwuanyi, “the State is richly endowed with copious investment opportunities especially in agriculture and agro-allied enterprises and in the extraction and processing of such minerals as coal, limestone, clay, oil, gas etc. all of which are found in very abundant quantities in the state.
“The presence of an international airport for passenger and cargo and the establishment of a Free Trade Zone in Enugu as well as the urbanisation initiatives of the government, provide a further boost to the economic potentials and profile of the state.
“We therefore seek the assistance of your Embassy to enlighten business organisations in your country as to these opportunities and to facilitate their entry into Enugu as investors.”