Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Bayelsa to open Investment office in South Africa …As Dickson faults critics over inauguration of BDIC

Governor Seriake Dickson


Governor Seriake Dickson has taken a swipe at the critics of his economic policies in the state, arguing that the inauguration of the Bayelsa Development and Investment Corporation, (BDIC) was aimed at attracting foreign investments to the state.
Warning the people against playing politics with the economic development of the state, the Governor noted with dismay the position of some politicians in the state on his administration's
economic policies which resulted in the establishment of the BDIC and other agencies of the government.
The governor, in a statement issued by his chief press secretary Daniel Iworiso-Markson, explained that the BDIC is aimed at reducing the state’s dependence on oil by investing in non-il
sector.

The statement partly reads:
“In order to boost its economic profile, the State, according to the Governor is beaming its searchlight on the following sectors which include: tourism, Agriculture, Oil & gas, Infrastructure, and FMCG.

“On the choice of South Africa as corporate office of the BDIC, the Governor disclosed ‘the BDIC is looking to attract investment from all major markets and economies, with South Africa being one of such country.  The Johannesburg office represents their second international presence after the recently opened London, UK office.

“It is hoped that through its presence the BDIC will attract partnerships with Southern African investors on a PPP (public private partnership) into the identified economic sectors of Bayelsa
State.   Interface with the Nigerian consulate to fast track immigration requirements for prospective investors looking to visit Bayelsa State.
"The BDIC’s vision is to be an enabler for transforming Bayelsa State into one of the top economies not just in our country but also in Africa.  Our mission is to protect, stimulate and grow the wealth of all Bayelsans through responsive, innovative and sustainable investments while acting as a catalyst for socio-economic development of our state.

“Governor Dickson is to lead a high powered delegation from Nigeria, with President Goodluck Jonathan expected to perform the official commissioning of the BDIC office in South Africa along with his South African counterpart, President Jacob Zuma.”

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