Nigeria and Cote d’Ivoire have agreed to strengthen mutual cooperation and maintain excellent bilateral relations. This was contained in a final communiqué released in Abidjan, the Ivorian commercial capital, at the end of a two-day visit on Monday of the vice president of Nigeria, Mohammed Namadi Sambo, at the invitation of the Ivorian Prime Minister, Daniel Kablan Duncan.
Vice president Sambo held a series of meetings on a broad range of bilateral as well as topical issues on Africa and the rest of the world, the communiqué obtained in Abuja on Tuesday said.
The two leaders lauded the establishment of a joint commission for cooperation, which held its first session in Abuja in August last year.
Its work made it possible for both parties to make decisions that would give new impetus to their relations.
To ensure the implementation of the recommendations of the joint commission, the two countries agreed to set up a commission in charge of implementation.
Moreover, the two countries agreed on the need for experience sharing in various areas including mining, energy, agriculture and manufacturing and to work in close cooperation in areas of oil exploration and procurement and the development of the oil industry as well as the establishment of appropriate oil infrastructure.
They also agreed to promote synergies between their chambers of commerce and industry through a draft agreement that is to be finalised and for parties to work toward the realisation of community projects including the Abidjan-Lagos highway development project.