Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) – France Business Mission

It was an honor to consult for the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Delta State, Asaba Branch on a business mission to France focused on Capacity Building, Learning Expedition, and B2B engagements.

The delegation included NSE members such as some senior engineers from both the private and public sectors. Bringing their wealth of knowledge in diverse fields of Engineering such as Construction, Renewable Energy, Transportation and Logistics, Water, Oil, and Gas. During the mission, they were able to meet some French Engineering market leaders in specific fields of Engineering to discuss collaboration opportunities between represented institutions and invariably the two countries Nigeria and France.

This is indeed timely, as infrastructural deficit remains one of Nigeria’s bane stifling national growth and development. The country’s global competitive index ranked 116 out of 141 countries in 2019 largely traceable to poor infrastructure. The same year, export trade volume between Nigeria to France stood at $3.9bn of which natural hydrocarbons and other extractive industry products accounted for 97% of these exports.

Recalling from the statement of the Chairman of BUA Group and President of the France Nigeria Business Council, Alhaji Abdul Samad Rabiu during one of his engagements in France, more strategic business partnerships could emanate across sectors such as agriculture, manufacturing, associated equipment, power, and infrastructure positioning multiple sectors to benefit from the France Nigeria bilateral engagements.

In ensuring the net gain is enlarged in the area of Engineering, this is why this engagement curated to increase the capacity of Nigerian stakeholders through specialized Engineering training, strategic B2B engagements, as well as site visits to interface with reputable French organizations, is crucial at this time. Some of the concretizations of deals lies within the private sector and this is why a follow-up mission is being organized to Nigeria with selected French companies to formalize these engagements in the coming weeks.

Abiodun Odunuga

International Development Management Consultant

Abiodun is an international business development consultant. Having acquired over 10 years of experience in the field of sustainability, entrepreneurship and international development, Abiodun has developed and worked on projects with organizations such as the World Bank, European Union, United Nations, Africa Development Bank, and The Commonwealth across Africa and Europe.

He holds a Masters in Development Practice degree from Sciences Po, Paris. He consulted for AfricaWorks – the leading Pan-African coworking company the Head of Partnerships and Programs. He is the Co-Founder and Vice President of Friends of Nigeria – a foremost diaspora organization headquartered in France that fosters socioeconomic relations between Europe and Nigeria.

Abiodun is also the project manager for the Nigeria France Tech Initiative (NFTI) launched by the Embassy of Nigeria, Paris amidst stakeholders such as the French Development Agency (AFD) and the Nigeria Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) to support the tech ecosystem between France and Nigeria. He brings his wealth of experience in training, project management, fundraising and business development to consult for various international organizations focusing on Africa as it relates to investment opportunities, supporting startups, and empowering small and medium scale enterprises. He regularly consults for various government agencies and States in Nigeria as well as French agencies on economic initiatives in Agriculture, Digital Technology and Industry.

Abiodun is a lecturer and faculty member in Paris Graduate School in France as well as the American International University, West Africa in the Gambia. He is an ambassador for the MATCH – a 36‐month initiative funded by the European Union (EU) aimed at providing highly skilled talents from Africa (Nigeria) to private sector companies whose needs for qualified staff cannot be satisfied by the offer available on the EU labour market.

Abiodun is a frequent global conference speaker and sits on the board of many organizations. He is an ardent believer in the prowess of the diaspora in contributing to the sustainable development of Nigeria.

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