Between 22nd and 28th November, a member of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (thereafter RF CCI), Metalwork Trading House LLC, co-organized a trade mission to the Republic of Nigeria dedicated to the start of the practical implementation of the plan to open a specialized multi-brand service center for Russian industrial manufacturers in the Lekki free economic zone (Lagos state) which will supply production equipment to Nigeria. Metalwork participated in series of business meetings and personal negotiations during the working trip.
The business mission became a logical continuation and a practical reciprocal step on the part of Russian businessmen to implement the agreements that were reached on the 21st of September, 2021 at the RF CCI during the official meeting of the Ambassador of Nigeria to Russia, Professor Abdullahi Shehu, with the RF CCI President, Sergei Katyrin and representatives Russian business working with Nigeria.
The Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the Russian Federation, Abdullahi Shehu, who accompanied the delegation, together with representatives of Metalwork, headed by the CEO of the company Ivan Klevtsov, the chairman of the Nigerian In Diaspora Organization in Russia (NIDO Russia), Uwem Sampson, and the Vice President of the Nigerian Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA) who is also the Head of the Nigerian-Russian Business Council, Prince Kayode Adetokunbo visited the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment.
During the official meeting, members of the Russian delegation discussed with the Minister, H.E. Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo the problems that existed due to lack of specialized technical service center and significant delays in the supply of Russian industrial equipment and spare parts, which are the main reasons leading to the difficulties of entering the African and Latin American markets for all Russian manufacturers.
Further, a delegation consisting of the Ambassador of Nigeria to Russia Abdullahi Shehu, General Director of Metalwork Ivan Klevtsov and chairman of the NIDO Russia Uwem Sampson, visited the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Nigeria, where it took part in a working meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Jeffrey Onyeama. During the dialogue between the Ministry and the business delegation, the CEO of Metalwork, Ivan Klevtsov, announced the transition to the active phase of implementing the plan to open a joint service center in Nigeria for the products of Russian manufacturers supplying industrial equipment to Nigeria. Ivan Klevtsov emphasized that “Such a service center will become logically necessary, but practically absent at the present time, a business connection between countries, which modernizes and unifies the service of Russian industrial, energy, electronic equipment and IT products in Nigeria. Since at the moment the equipment supplies are carried out in an unacceptably long time, and its maintenance is extremely ineffective. "
Afterwards, the trade mission from Russia visited the Lekki free economic zone, where a memorandum was signed by Metalwork on investments in the Lekki free trade zone and the opening of a technical support center there for Russian companies supplying technological production equipment to Nigeria.
In addition to the above protocol events, the Russian trade mission held a number of informal meetings with the leadership of the Nigerian aggregator for federal gas and gas infrastructure supplies, as well as with the chairperson of the Nigerian diaspora – NiDCOM, Ms. Abike Dabiri. Also, the delegation took part in a conference on the development of trade relations between Nigeria and Russia in the capital of Nigeria - Abuja and in another conference with the business community of Lagos, organized by the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
During the trade mission, the General Director of Metalwork Ivan Klevtsov emphasized that “when Russian business work with African countries and create the possibilities to maintain equipment using certified Russian expatriates, alongside training local personnel, then, of course, the convenience of using the equipment increases and it works longer ... In modern business, it is not enough just to sell, you need to sell and service. It is this last mile of service that absolutely all Russian companies need in the Nigerian market."
We invite the management of Russian companies interested in systemic supplies of industrial equipment to the Republic of Nigeria to establish business contacts with Metalwork to organize its further service support.
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