Nigeria Sees Investment of More Than $80 Billion Over Five Years

Nigeria expects more than $80 billion in investment in the next five years to spur the West African nation’s industrial development, Trade and Investment Minister Olusegun Aganga said.

China Power International Development Ltd., Siemens AG and General Electric Co. and Brazil’s Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras SA have pledged investments worth “over $50 billion alone” in the country’s power industry, Aganga said in an interview at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Additional funds will be invested by Nigeria’s Dangote Group and automakers including Nissan Motor Co. Ltd., Hyundai Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Corp. that want to set up local assembly plants, he said.

“Easily, pipeline investment commitment is much more over $80 billion over the next five years,” he said. “What encourages investors is that we have the right investment and business climate.”

Nigeria, Africa’s top oil producer and, with about 170 million people, its most populous country, is seeking increased investments in power generation and manufacturing to support its industrialization plan. Economic growth is forecast to accelerate to 7 percent this year.

Nissan agreed to start producing cars in Nigeria in April, with demand seen as high as three million cars annually, Nigeria’s presidency said yesterday, citing Chief Executive Officer Carlos Ghosn. Talks are in progress with Toyota, Hyundai and India’s Tata Motor Ltd., Aganga said.

The government is also encouraging local companies to grow and become “another Dangote,” Aganga said, referring to Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, who has interests in cement and sugar and is currently building a $9 billion oil refinery and petrochemical complex in Nigeria’s southwest.

“There is potential for more Dangotes because of the opportunities that are available and they are taking advantage of that,” Aganga said.

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