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Ambassador Hosts Direct Line on State of U.S. Commercial Interests in Nigeria (July 10, 2013)

July 10, 2013

On July 10, Ambassador McCulley hosted a digital webinar Direct Line to discuss the state of U.S. commercial interests in Nigeria and was joined by Economic Counselor Douglas Climan and linked via video to Consul General Jeffrey Hawkins and Commercial Counselor Rebecca Armand in Lagos.  During the hour-long webinar, the Ambassador discussed topics ranging from the investment climate in Nigeria, issues of security, government regulations, target sector opportunities for U.S. companies in Nigeria, and Mission Nigeria resources to assist U.S. firms investing in Nigeria.  Approximately 72 companies actively participated in webinar and submitted questions through an interactive chat room for the Ambassador and panel to answer. 

U.S. Mission Nigeria provides a number of resources for U.S. companies through our Embassy Economic Section, U.S. Commercial Service, and the Foreign Agricultural Service. Our staff can assist you in navigating business development opportunities in Nigeria including government advocacy, economic analysis, trade counseling, market intelligence, and business matchmaking, among others.  Both the Doing Business in Africa and the Power Africa initiatives are aimed at increasing investments and export opportunities for U.S. firms in Africa, especially in Nigeria, which is home to one out of every five people in sub-Saharan Africa. 

The Direct Line program provides a unique opportunity for American businesses, particularly small- and medium-sized enterprises, to engage directly with U.S. Ambassadors. The format is designed to provide American companies, both those already in-country as well as those interested in expanding their businesses, with the Ambassadors’ on-the-ground insights into the commercial climate of their host countries.  To find out more about the State Department’s Direct Line Program and sign up for notifications of future events, please click here.