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U.S., Ekiti officials parley on economic growth, cocoa devt

Governor Biodun Oyebanji has solicited the support and partnership with the United States of America in developing the critical economic sectors of Ekiti State.

Ekiti State, according to Oyebanji, is desirous of the American government’s support for its Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security on cocoa development as well as a collaboration between the state’s Knowledge Zone and US technology hub, the Silicon Valley.

Oyebanji, who disclosed these in Ado-Ekiti on Tuesday, February 20, 2024, during a meeting with a team from American Embassy led by the Charge d’Affaires, David Green, said the state would explore the American expertise, resources, and investment as a progressive partner in the areas of economy, security, climate change, innovations, among others.

The Ekiti State Governor, at the meeting which was attended by the Consul General of the American Embassy, William Stevens; Chairman of CAVISTA Holdings, who is also the Chairman of Corporate Council on Africa, Mr. John Olajide; and some top embassy officials, thanked the American Government for the support the state has received in its agriculture development drive, especially the Ikun Diary Farm.

He explained that the collaboration is expected to strengthen the state’s economy, create jobs, and enhance the quality of life of her citizens.

Stressing that productivity remains the watchword in his administration’s economic drive, Governor Oyebanji said any state that desires growth must be productive.

“If a state must prosper, that state must work on productivity and for productivity to happen there must be collaboration with the private sector,” he added.

He highlighted areas of collaborations with the United States to include support in the agriculture sector, Ekiti Knowledge Zone, youth and women empowerment, art and culture, climate change, health care, renewable energy, and investment promotion, among others.

Earlier in his remarks, the Charge d’Affaires, David Green, expressed the readiness of the United States Government to work with Ekiti State government to achieve its economic growth, adding that the Embassy would identify potential areas of development where the U.S. could lend a hand in enhancing the state’s economic performance.

The Ambassador assured the governor that the United States government is keen on ways to foster fruitful collaboration with the state government especially in the fields of agriculture, health, knowledge economy, among others.

He promised to further the discussion with relevant agencies of the state government.

The team proceeded on an inspection of the Agbeyewa farms and other agricultural investments in the state, shortly after the meeting.

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