The Honorable Ambassador of Egypt to Nigeria, Mr. Assem Hanafi Elseify, delivered a lecture on the “economic and political trends between Nigeria and Egypt” at Nile University of Nigeria on December 5, 2017. In his lecture, the ambassador touched on several areas ranging from trade to education relations between the two countries.
Speaking on education, he noted a large number of Nigerians enrolled in schools in Egypt (about 6,000 of the 10,000 Nigerians in Egypt are students) as proof of the wonderful relations between both countries in the area of schooling. With regard to trade relations, Mr. Assem stressed on the need for improvement owing to the current low trade volume between both countries.
According to him, the low volume is attributable to several factors including; Egypt’s diminished presence in the oil market (relative to major oil-producing nations like Nigeria), African countries’ preference for importing goods from Europe, America, etc.
Going further, he highlighted the need for co-operation between Nigeria and Egypt in the area of terrorism; a plague affecting both countries.
The event concluded with a question and answer session during which the Honorable Ambassador fielded questions from the audience.