Bulgaria reaffirmed its commitment to deepen bilateral cooperation with Nigeria in the pharmaceutical, energy, mining and agricultural sectors.
Mr. Yanko Yordanov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Bulgaria to Nigeria, said this in Abuja on Thursday evening during a cocktail/reception held as part of the country’s National Day commemoration activities.
According to him, Bulgaria and Nigeria have been developing very rapidly in recent times as the two countries are on the right track to further develop their ties in education, culture and politics.
“So I expect very good days for Bulgaria and Nigeria and to strengthen our partnership; I think it will be a very smooth process.
“There is room for a lot of improvement in this regard, I am very happy that over the last two years our trading volume has increased significantly and I hope this will not only be sustained.
“In addition, it will further improve in the fields of pharmaceuticals, energy, mining and agriculture; I believe we are on track to do so by this month.
“When the Bulgarian University delegation visits Abuja, we will participate in the agricultural trade fair to be held here.
“I’m sure there’s a lot of room for improvement, but we’re continuing on this path and it will show results soon.”
He said the trade volume between the two countries will improve to encourage import and export; saying that the economies of both nations are not just about economic diversification, but about improving it.
He identified agriculture and mining as priority areas where Bulgaria would like to deepen its ties with Nigeria.
“I saw a lot of potential in the energy sector, even in the field of education where our bilateral cooperation not only has a direct impact on the volume of trade, but also a building block of commercial relations. durable.
“The COVID-19 era has opened up a lot of potential, in terms of technological cooperation, savings and online services; I believe that in the last two years, Bulgaria and Nigeria have achieved a lot in the IT sector.
“So many Nigerians have applied to work in Bulgaria, especially in the IT sector, many Bulgarian companies come to Nigeria to select their fields and make a positive impact.
“COVID-19 has its challenges, but we still have a lot to overcome at the same time, we have a lot to achieve even in the IT sector, where Bulgaria and Nigeria are very good,” he added.
He disclosed that there were over 4,000 Nigerians graduating from tertiary institutions in Bulgaria, noting that more would also be done to deepen 58 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
In a separate interview at the event, Mr. Okatahi Jatto, Acting President of the Bulgarian Alumni Association (BAA) congratulated the two countries for enjoying fruitful cooperation for 58 years.
According to him, the bilateral cooperation between the two countries has been reciprocal, as the two countries have enjoyed a long history of friendship.
“It was rewarding to have acquired teaching skills in Bulgaria and to come back to Nigeria with knowledge to contribute our quota to the growth of our homeland.
“We are happy to have acquired educational knowledge there and also to be back in Nigeria, putting our efforts to make our country even better.
“In terms of trade, Bulgaria has a potential that Nigeria can take advantage of; Currently, plans are underway to deepen cultural exchanges with the aim of exploring all available business opportunities.
“Bulgaria is an agrarian country and we can engage in agriculture and education with them to achieve more meaningful bilateral growth,” Jatto said. (NOPE)