By Motunrayo Idris
Africa Canada Trade Investment Ventures (ACTIV) has pledged to facilitate trade and investment in Africa as part of its major aim of mentoring business growth and development among individuals and organisations operating in the West Africa region.
ACTIV Director, Kenneth Oguzie made the promise while speaking at a two- day event which took place in Halifax, focused on highlighting the benefits of strengthening business relationships between Canada and West Africa with a focus on Nigeria as a Nation.
Mr. Oguzie noted that ACTIV supports businesses in Africa by seeking access and penetration into the Canada market as well as those looking to build new partnership and strategic alliances.
“We look forward to strengthening business relationships between Canada and West Africa, with a focus of on Nigeria and Ghana and explore how ACTIV can support these businesses looking to penetrate the Canada Market and to build new partnership.We will act as a bridge between Canadian businesses and businesses in Africa by bringing together stakeholders and businesses from different parts of the world, sharing different experiences in the global business sphere as a way of facilitating socio-Economic growth in both regions”, he said.
He also affirmed that West African trade and investment will grow and reach its full potential if only stakeholders and business owners can leverage on these new relationships and expand their global outreach.
ACTIV is an organization that focuses on a value-based, ethical approach of creating platform to allow International trade and investment in key sectors with demonstrable scale potential, profitable returns and sustainable growth.
Their investment model aims to above all, generate wealth that contributes to economic development between Canada and Africa.
The organization recognizes that successful ventures are often a result of the convergence of complementary elements, due diligence and local know-how.
Also speaking at the event, Nigeria High Commissioner to Canada, His Excellency, Adeyinka Asekun emphasized that these partnerships will go a long way in growing the Economies of both countries as it provides mutual benefits for both regions in the areas of trade and investment.
Mr. Asekun in his remarks also called on participants not to hesitate in building contacts from among attendees and to leverage on events and platforms such as the first step towards expanding their market.
Among the Guests of Honor were the Chairman Halifax Chambers of Commerce, Cynthia Dorrington, Chief Operating Officer Nova Scotia Business Incorporation, Peter Askill, Member of the House of parliament, MP Andy Fillmore and Mr. Joseph Atodo, Economic and Trade Minister attached to the Nigerian High Commission.
Delegates expressed satisfaction with the event as they agreed that they had become more knowledgeable of the Canadian Market, had better understand of the business culture as well as built new business contacts.