Senate seeks improved trade relations with Finland

OrderPaperToday – President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has disclosed the collaboration between the Senate and the Republic of Finland on trade relations, to improve the country’s business environment and economy.

Saraki revealed this while responding to remarks by the Finnish Ambassador to Nigeria, Pirjo Snomela Chawdhum, during her courtesy visit to the leadership of the Senate, saying that both countries need to collaborate more in terms of technology acquisition and transfer.

He commended the Finnish mission in Nigeria, which is to improve trade relations with the country, while noting the ambassador’s passion for encouraging girls in the field of Information and Communication Technology.

In a statement released by his Chief Press Secretary on Saturday, Saraki said: “Any programme that can empower our youth (especially the girls) and enable them become self-reliant or to secure gainful employment will be supported by the Senate. It is good to hear that the Ambassador’s focus is to improve trade relations between both countries.

“This has been the focus of the Senate in working to improve our economy and to make the country business friendly for all investors and our international allies.”

Meanwhile the President of the red chamber was conferred a “Distinguished Fellow Award” by the Institute of Directors (IoD) Nigeria for his “sound and purposeful leadership” of the upper chamber, according to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, in Abuja.

Saraki appreciated the leadership of the Institute of Directors for their efforts to improve the nation’s corporate governance both in the public and private sectors of the economy, while thanking the Institute for commending the good working relationship between both chambers of the National Assembly.

Saraki also noted that the Senate is focusing largely on the economy to improve the ease of doing business and ensure that the nation’s business laws are in tandem with those of other modern societies.

“We have worked closely with the private sector and we will work with the Institute of Directors in the area of good corporate governance,” Saraki said.

The President of the Senate went on to say that “overtime, we will all understand that it is when the parliament is strong that we can better safeguard democracy and really fight corruption.”

He pledged that the Senate will pass the bill for the establishment of the Institute of Directors, which is now before the National Assembly, while urging the body to suggest ways to further boost its corporate governance and improve the conditions for business in the country.

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