As part of collaborative efforts to enhance business opportunities between Rivers State and the Republic of Rwanda, The High Commissioner of the Republic of Rwanda to Nigeria, His Excellency, Amb. Stanislas Kamanzi has proposed a larger business meeting between Rivers stakeholders in business Community and their counterpart in Rwanda to brainstorm on trade relationship in both countries.
He made the proposal during his bilateral visit to the corporate office of Port Harcourt Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture, (PHCCIMA) on Friday, saying that his visit was to negotiate for profitable partnership business opportunities between Rivers State and the Republic of Rwanda and expressed joy on the Civic reception accorded him.
The Rwandan envoy explained that his country ranked second in African Countries on the ease of doing business, saying that between 6hours of registration of business qualifies the person to commence operation, adding that the government of Rwanda has made it easier for any investor to have huge free operation, devoid of Visa into their country rather with international passport.
He further hinted other business opportunities available in his county including Agriculture, ICT, Tourism, Real estate, Commerce, Construction SMEs among other things, and posited that their government policy on tax are normal, just as he mentioned that they operate tax holiday of 7years for manufacturing investors and others with investment worth of 500,000 and above and in Nigerian currency.
Earlier in his remark, the President of Port Harcourt Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mine and Agriculture, (PHCCIMA) Eze Sir Mike Elechi, JP thanked his August visitor on his two day working visit to Port Harcourt, the Rivers State Capital, saying that his visit to the Chamber coincided with their two days power-to-power summit which according to him was timely and in right direction, noting that as drivers of organized private sector in the state, they are open to welcome genuine partners for business activities to thrive, adding that there are line-up of trade missions and their members are resolute to participate.
The PHCCIMA President informed his Rwandan envoy that there are several business channel in Port Harcourt as the state has two major see ports, Onne and Abonema sea ports, one International Airport and one Domestic Airport, vast land for Agricultural purposes, richly blessed in oil and gas, as well has tourism attraction sites, he posited that these opportunities are available for investors.
In her vote of thanks, the 1st Deputy President of Port Harcourt Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (PHCCIMA) Dr. Chinyere Woga who thanked their visitor for finding time to share business ideas with them and commended him for the proposed business meeting in Rwanda which she described as a welcome development and as another opportunity for members.
The PHCCIMA 1st Deputy President also commended Eze, Sir Mike Elechi visions in providing a purposeful leadership with the view of promoting business activities in the state and expressed the hope that the current administration will achieve it’s expected development goals given the style of leadership of the PHCCIMA President, Eze, Sir Mike Elechi (Jp).
High point of the meeting was the decoration and admission of the Rwandan High Commissioner as Honorary Member of PHCCIMA and presentation of souvenirs by both Leaders. Other Exco and Council members present at the Investment Meeting are, the 2nd Deputy President, Hon. Prince Charles OsiminiBeke, Treasurer Surveyor Emmanuel Ogbonda, Financial Secretary Sir Dan Harrison, Publicity Secretary Pastor Uche Onochie, Past Presidents, Prince Dr. Billy Sotubo Gillis-Harry, Dr. Emeka Unachukwu, Elected Council members, Mrs. Florence Nwosibe, Mr. Okey Odu, Chief Emeka Ezekwe, Council members, Dr. Maraizu Uche, Engr. Tony Nwogbo, Chief O. I. Ezenekwe, Mrs. Edughom Hanson, Mr. Sule Habib, Engr. Chukwudi Ezugu, Mr. Taiwo Odutayo, Mrs. Juliet Apaifi, Pressmen, ICT Officer, Felix Ude and the Director General Mr. Erasmus Chukunda.