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Remarks of Ambassador Zhou Pingjian of China to Nigeria at the Flag-off Ceremony of the Expansion and Dualization of the Abuja-Keffi-Lafia-Makurdi Road Project

22 November 2018, Abuja

Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen,

Dear Friends,

It is my great honor and pleasure to attend the flag-off ceremony of the expansion and Dualization of the Abuja-Keffi-Lafia-Markurdi Road Project.

We Chinese often say, "To build fortune, roads should be built first." For Nigeria, improving transportation infrastructure is a key execution priority to achieve the objectives of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP). I see the flag-off ceremony today as a testimony of the steady and sustainable progress Nigeria has been making in this respect. Please allow me to avail myself of this opportunity to warmly congratulate the government and good people of Nigeria on your commendable achievements.

Infrastructure connectivity is part and parcel of the Eight Major Initiatives of the 2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC). Moreover, China and Nigeria have signed a governmental MOU on cooperation within the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative. We will remain true to our commitment to Nigeria with full heart and soul. It is our belief that China Harbour and China Exim Bank will work closely with the Nigerian side to deliver this road project on good time, with high quality, and in a fantastic team spirit.

As the largest developing country in the world, China highly values its relations with Nigeria, the largest developing country in Africa. Under the guidance of President Xi Jinping and President Muhamadu Buhari, China-Nigeria relations have now reached a stage of growth unmatched in history. To implement the outcomes of the FOCAC Beijing Summit promptly and efficiently and jointly advance the Belt and Road Initiative as what we are doing here today, will undoubtedly inject strong and new impetus to the efforts by China and Nigeria in pursuit of a closer community with a shared future. China remains committed to stepping up its brotherly cooperation with Nigeria.

I thank you for your attention.

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