Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said Nigeria and Cote d’Ivoire must continue to build closer economic ties.
He added that the two countries should integrate, especially within the ambit of regional integration agreements like ECOWAS and the African Continental Free Trade Area, to create more jobs youths
Osinbajo said this on Saturday in Abidjan, the Ivorian capital, at the second edition of the Nigeria-Cote d’Ivoire Bi-National Commission meeting, which he co-chaired with the Ivorian Prime Minister, Patrick Achi.
The Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, disclosed this on Friday in a statement titled, ‘Nigeria-Cote D’ivoire Bi-National Commission will help stem youth migration by creating more jobs – Osinbajo’.
The vice president was quoted to have said, “We should put in place arrangements that enable value addition within and between our countries so that we can create the much-needed jobs for our young people and stem the irregular migration to other parts of the world where they are often mistreated and used for menial tasks.”
At the Bi-National Commission meeting, both countries signed a set of new agreements which covered Agriculture; Digital Economy; Education; Consular and Immigration Matters; and prevention of Human Trafficking.
The vice president added, “These integration agreements must be seen as an opportunity that goes beyond trade, but one that helps to deepen regional value chains, instead of exporting raw commodities.
“Our shared values of democracy, protection of human rights and our aspirations for peace, progress and prosperity must continue to be the guiding principles for our cooperation for mutual benefit and for the well-being of West Africa.
While making a case for closer military cooperation between both countries, Osinbajo said, “Working together, we can help to maintain the peace and security of our countries and neighbourhood. With peace, businesses will thrive.”
In his address earlier, the Ivorian Prime Minister said the meeting was an ideal platform to improve the quality of trade cooperation between both countries and the ECOWAS region, as this would address common interests and challenges in areas of security, oil and energy, terrorism, among others.