The Federal Government has said that the $25 billion Foreign Direct Investment inflow boosted the economy after the nation exited recession in 2018. FG explained that Nigerians in the diaspora, who accounted for the highest net contribution to the FDI, have expressed the desire to invest in over 200 businesses and projects in different sectors of the economy, including agriculture, telecommunication, technology, real estate, health and education.
Disclosing this at a news conference in Abuja on Thursday, Chairman, Nigerians in the Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa explained that over 300 investors would participate in the 2019 Nigeria Diaspora Investment Summit scheduled for November 6-7, 2019, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The summit with the theme, ‘Leveraging diaspora investment for economic growth,’ is supported by the Nigeria Diaspora Alumni Network, Nigeria Investment Promotion Commission, Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission, Bank of Industry, Nigeria Export Promotion Council, Bauchi State Government, Keystone Bank, Rwandair, among others.
Dabiri-Erewa, who is the summit convener, stated that the event recognised the important role the diaspora could play and had played in helping other countries achieve amazing economic growth and transformation.