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Who we are

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The Nigerian-German Business Association (NGBA) was founded by the following interest groups:

  • Representatives of the German business community in Nigeria
  • Representatives of the Nigerian business community
  • The DGIC (Delegation of German Industry and Commerce)/AHK Nigeria
  • The German Embassy

German-Nigerian business relations date back decades.  The Nigerian-German Business Association formerly known as the Nigerian-German Business Council was established on the 15 October 1986.

The Bilateral relations economically and politically came about a series of high-level visits between Germany and Nigeria, which began with President Olusegun Obansanjo’s official visit to Germany in December 1999, it gained momentum under the government of President Yar’Ardua.

The good relations between Germany and Nigeria was also reflected in the cultural sphere.  A bilateral cultural agreement was signed in 1999, placing cultural relations between the two countries on a sound footing in international law.

In June 2007, Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel invited President Yar’Adua, shortly after he had taken office, to attend the G8 Summit in Heiligendamm.

Further bilateral meetings led to the Agreement being reached on a German-Nigerian Energy Partnership in 2008.

Already in 2006 through Euler Hermes, the financial institution that provides export cover for German companies exporting abroad, had decided to extend this cover to Nigeria again.

Again, in 2007 the Investment Promotion and Protection treaty was signed by both nations.

In August 2008 a MOU was signed between Nigeria and Germany in respect of the aforementioned Nigerian-German Energy Partnership whereby in exchange for access to Nigeria’s vast gas reserves German companies would refurbish and expand Nigeria’s power generating plants and also provide alternative sources of energy like wind and solar energy for areas not yet connected to the national grid.

In November 2008, Mr Horst Köhler, the former President of the Federal Republic of Germany led a business delegation to Nigeria where we held the 2008 session of his Africa forum in Abuja.

Among other things, President Kohler advocated for an active involvement of the German private sector in the whole Nigerian economy – not just in the energy/power sector.

Nigeria in April 2011 carried out an election, which was widely acclaimed by the international community as being free and fair and expressing the will of the Nigerian people.  The visit of the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, Dr Angela Merkel, was seen to be an appreciation of the positive development in Nigerian German political and economic relations.  It was followed by the visit of the Nigerian president to Germany in April of the same year.

Bi-national Commission working groups on policy, business, energy, culture and migration commenced work on the occasion of President Jonathan’s visit to Berlin on 19 and 20 April 2012.

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