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NIGERIA: Swedish in Strategic Talks with Main One on Trade Opportunities

The Swedish government has opened talks with Main One Cable Company aimed at exploring business opportunities in the Nigerian telecoms sector.

Swedish ministerial delegation led by the Minister of Development Cooperation, Gunilla Carlsson and Finance Minister, Anders Borg, was in Nigeria last week. The delegation used the opportunity to visit Main One to learn about the business opportunities in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector, which has helped boost Nigeria's position to the country's second largest trading partner in sub-Saharan Africa.

The visit, which was also accompanied by  Commissioner for Waterfront Development, Lagos State government, Chief Adesegun Oniru, provided entrepreneurs in the ICT space and the Lagos State government an opportunity to discuss how to further boost broadband communications activities in Lagos and how ICT could further support the development of Lagos as a mega city.

Carlsson highlighted that 10 years ago, no one in Sweden could foresee the role that the Internet is currently playing in government service delivery, commerce, healthcare and education. She commended the efforts of the Lagos State government to work with companies like Main One to achieve the vision of affordable broadband service availability around the State.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Konga.com, Nigeria's online retailer, Sim Shagaya, whose firm received funds from Swedish investment fund, said the visit was a welcomed development that would boost broadband development in the country.

Main One is a wholly African owned communications services company delivering international connectivity and broadband services to companies in West Africa. Backed by its open access, 1.92 Tbps fibre optic cable and a state-of-the-art IP NGN backbone network, Main One delivers communication services to Telecom Operators, Internet Service Providers, Governments and Large Enterprises in the region.

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