Nigeria, Sudan move for stronger economic ties
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has called for stronger ties between Nigeria and Sudan in the areas of cultural, creative industry and digital economy in order to boost efforts by the two nations to diversify their economies.
Speaking when he received the Sudanese Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Ibrahim Bushra, in Abuja, the minister described the creative industry as economy of the future due to its huge potential to create wealth, generate employment, especially for the youth and foster cooperation among the nations.
Mohammed continued: “To me, the economy of the future is the creative and cultural industry which does not come with the headache of oil. I can say this because my country and your country have suffered from the same problems related to oil production. On the contrary, when an economy is built on the creative and cultural industry, it engenders more understanding, breeds cooperation and friendship and at the same time brings in more money.”
He offered to partner with Sudan in the area of capacity building in the film industry, especially Kannywood where there are cultural similarities between the two countries, music as well as arts.
Bushra noted that the two countries enjoy a long history of kinship and blood relationship, saying there were about five million Nigerians currently residing in Sudan.