In the context of strengthening relations between Ukraine and African countries, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba held a phone conversation with Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Geoffrey Onyeama.
According to the ministry's press service, Kuleba and Onyeama discussed steps to intensify political dialogue, increase trade, revive cooperation in education, and strengthen cooperation within international organizations.
They agreed to hold another round of political consultations at the level of deputy foreign ministers in the nearest time.
Kuleba noted the interest of Ukrainian business in the implementation of infrastructure, energy and agricultural projects in Nigeria. Onyeama supported the Ukrainian minister's proposal to work out the organization of a bilateral business forum in the near future.
At the end of the conversation, Kuleba invited his Nigerian counterpart to visit Ukraine.
As a reminder, in 2020, the volume of trade in goods and services between Ukraine and Nigeria amounted to USD 86.2 million. The positive balance for Ukraine was USD 78.3 million. In the first quarter of 2021, the volume of trade in goods and services amounted to USD 30.68 million.
As of January 1, 2021, 4,379 Nigerians were studying at higher education institutions of Ukraine.