Austria optimistic about Nigeria’s economy
• Reiterates commitment to investment
The Commercial Counsellor of the Austrian Embassy, Guido Stock, has expressed optimism in the economy of Nigeria, saying that the country has potentials to grow.
The envoy, who spoke at an innovative in-building solutions seminar hosted by the Austrian Embassy in Lagos, on Monday, said despite the economic downturn Nigeria is a great country with 200 million people; and the biggest economy in Africa with her population.
Stock said: “We are a strong believer in the private sector driven businesses, which also affect the public positively not only Nigeria but other African countries. Our companies are always ready to do business with public and private sector.”
Stock expressed belief that Austria, looking back to a long tradition in the rendering of outstanding public healthcare, is in an excellent position to contribute to overcome the health care challenges facing Nigeria.
“West Africa and Nigeria specifically are among the most important markets for Austrian companies looking beyond their traditional markets in Europe and North America.”
The event showcased modern, cutting edge solutions for the medical and health sector as well as banking and other sectors.However, business experts at the seminar stressed the need for the health sector especially at this time of digitalisation, like many others (industry, retail, banking, etc.), to reinvent and innovate.
They said patients have become more demanding with processing times, punctuality, quality, etc., and healthcare professionals are now scrutinised through applications.
With the digital age, reputation and quality of service have become more important. Technology is revolutionising healthcare in many ways. It makes hospital stay less stressful and more enjoyable, gives practitioners more time to devote to patients and personalised care make it less invasive.
In his welcome address, the Managing Director, Medcourt Support Services, Adegboyega Oridota, reiterated the company’s commitment to positively contribute to healthcare solutions focused and improvement across Africa.
One of the companies participating in the seminar, Sumetzberger GmbH, represented by their Export Sales Manager for Pneumatic Tube Systems, Josef Gebhard, specialise in the development and implementation of pneumatic tube systems.
Such systems according to him are employed to provide secure and reliable transport solutions for hospitals, banks, and industry as well as cash handling and administrative processes.
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