Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Cui Jianchun has said the bilateral relations and trade between China and Nigeria would soon reach a new higher level.
He made the revelation in Abuja during a media chat to mark the Moon Festival or Mid-Autumn Festival in China, one of the most important traditional holidays in the country.
He said: “Earlier this year, Nigeria and China co-celebrated the 50th anniversary of their diplomatic ties. As the 14th Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, I have been here for nearly half a year, and I was deeply impressed that Nigeria is a treasure house, not only of natural resources but also of human resources. How to develop the bilateral relations based on achieved gains has always been a key question in my mind.”
He disclosed that: “In order to usher in an even brighter future for China-Nigeria relations, I have put forward the 5GIST Nigeria-China GDP Strategy. Changing times require changing strategy. Solos and duets cannot meet the demand of our bilateral relations. The two countries need to form an orchestra to play a symphony within the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
“The 5GIST Nigeria-China GDP Strategy is consisted of 4 parts, which are 5G, 5l, 5S and 5T. 5G refers 5 Goals of the Strategy, which are political consonance, economic cooperation, military & security collaboration, international coordination and people’s communication. 5I refers to five words initialed with “I”, i.e. infrastructure, ICT, value-added industry, investment (such as in agriculture, aquaculture, mining, oil & gas, financial integration, etc), and import and export, those are the priority areas of bilateral cooperation.
Image: Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Cui Jianchun