On January 23, 2024, U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke in Abuja, Nigeria, emphasizing the crucial role Nigeria plays as Africa’s largest country, economy, and democracy. He highlighted collaborative efforts between the U.S. and Nigeria, focusing on climate action, advocating for African representation in international organizations, and fostering artificial intelligence for positive impact.
Secretary Blinken stressed the commitment to accelerate economic growth in Nigeria, praising its innovation and dynamism. He discussed partnerships between American entrepreneurs and Nigerian counterparts, particularly in the tech sector. American companies are actively engaging in President Tinubu’s one-million-digital-jobs initiative and expanding internet access through undersea cables and satellite technology.
Secretary Blinken expressed a desire to contribute to Nigeria’s technological revolution, creating jobs and fostering innovation. Secretary Blinken highlighted President Biden’s Digital Transformation with Africa Initiative, underscoring its importance in strengthening bilateral ties.
While acknowledging Nigeria’s promising investment opportunities, Secretary Blinken addressed the need to overcome long-term challenges such as corruption and simplifying foreign capital repatriation. These efforts aim to unlock Nigeria’s full potential and attract transformative investments, reinforcing the commitment to a mutually beneficial partnership.