NIDOE Russia was invited to participate in the 2021 TECHNOPROM exhibition and business conference by the regional administration of Novosibirsk. The platform was an opportunity for Nigeria to showcase herself as she has a lot to benefit from Russia in the area of technology transfer, trade & investment.
It is generally known that consumer products and technology from south-east Asia has a competitive advantage over Russian products, while trade barriers such as certification, licensing etc remain obstacles for Russian products in Europe and North America. Then the question is, where else can the Russians go with their eagerness to trade, spread the Russian language, culture and technology? I think we can all guess right.
The idea was to give Nigeria, “gateway to Africa” the opportunity to acquire technology for her needs. Our duty was to expose the opportunities/possibilities of cooperation with corporate entities in Nigeria and using the knowledge of our citizens who lived or still living in Russia to help the Russians set up representative offices in Nigeria to function as their "front desk" and at some point begin localizing production.
NIDO Russia’s representatives at the event met with the regional administration of Novosibirsk, led by the deputy governor, Mr. Sergey Syemka and the deputy Minister for Science and Innovational infrastructure, Mr. Mikhail Kamaev. The discussion was basically on education and technology transfer through training of students.
The chairman of NIDO Russia, Mr. Uwem-edimo Sampson was among the speakers in several discussion groups, plenary sessions and also made presentation on "Discovering the African Market - Nigeria as a Gateway". This avenue was also used to promote the prestige of our noble organization (NIDOE Russia) for future endeavors.
Novosibirsk was founded in 1893 as a settlement for construction workers who were to build a railway bridge across the river Ob as part of the Trans-Siberian railway track. Preparatory work started in May 1893, when a group of bridge builders arrived at the site of the future city. But today, Novosibirsk is the third largest city in Russia with a population of over 1.6 million people.