Qatar Backtracks, Hosts Nigeria Business Forum

The Qatari Government has rescinded its earlier decision to decline the request of the Nigerian Government to hold a Business and Investment Forum (BIF) when President Bola Ahmed Tinubu visits the country in March.

In a memo yesterday to Nigeria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Embassy of the State of Qatar expressed the intention of the Qatar Chamber of Commerce to host the event on March 3 as proposed by Nigeria

“Regarding the upcoming State Visit of H.E. Bola Ahmed Tinubu, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to Qatar from 2nd to 3rd March 2024 and with reference to our Note: Ref: QEA\FA\057\24 dated 22/02/2024 regarding holding of a Business and Investment Forum (BIF) on the margins of Mr. President’s visit to Qatar on 2nd March 2024.

“The embassy has the honour to convey that the Qatar Chamber of Commerce will host the above-mentioned event on 3rd March 2024, as proposed by the Nigerian side,” the embassy said in the new Note Verbale.

An earlier leaked memo from the embassy, addressed to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and dated February 22, 2024, had rejected the request of Nigeria to have the BIF with Qatar, stating that the Arabian country had no running business agreement with Nigeria.

“The embassy has the honour to inform that the Ministry of Commerce and Industry in Qatar apologised that it would not be able to hold a business and investment forum as proposed by the Nigerian side due to the following reason: Unfortunately, there is no agreement signed between Qatar and the Federal Republic of Nigeria on Investment Promotion and Protection,” the leaked memo had partly stated.

It had also said the Qatari Minister of Commerce and Industry would be carrying out official missions outside the country during Tinubu’s visit period.

“The State of Qatar will be hosting a web summit during the suggested period and the state’s authorities will be preoccupied with this event,” the leaked memo had added. It would be recalled that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had on Saturday said President Tinubu would embark on the state visit to Doha, Qatar, in March as scheduled.

The ministry’s spokesperson, Francisca Omayuli, had, in a statement, said, “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes to inform that His Excellency, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu (GCFR) will embark on a state visit to Qatar from 2nd – 3rd March 2024 to further cement the excellent relations existing between the two countries.

“During the visit, discussions will be held at the highest level, on a wide range of bilateral and economic issues.


Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria

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