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Nigeria should focus on planned city developments — LFZ


The Chief Executive Officer, Lagos Free Zone, Mr. Dinesh Rathi has said that for the country to realise its economic potentials, there is need to focus on planned city developments.

He said that the planned city will help fast-track developments and promote the economic well-being of Nigerians.

Rathi said this recently in Lagos during a panel discussion of the West Africa Property Investment Summit, themed, ‘Industrial infrastructure, special economic zones, and master-planned developments.’

He however expressed confidence that the integration of Lekki Port and Lagos Free Zone would be a major catalyst to bringing about huge economic fortunes for Nigeria.

He said: “Lagos Free Zone is a classic example of a planned development that can drive growth given its integration with Lekki Port which is well-equipped with world-class infrastructure to enhance the ease of doing business”

He also buttressed the combination of LFZ and the commencement of operations at Lekki Port remains a game changer that would help to unlock the country’s economic opportunities.

Rathi stated that the decision to provide enabling infrastructure in the zone is aimed at assisting investors, both local and foreign with the ease of doing business.

He noted that it will also help to contribute to Nigeria’s attractiveness for Foreign Direct Investments and economic transformation.

“What we have also done apart from creating Lekki Port as a gateway and transhipment hub is the creation of a free zone that is well equipped with world-class infrastructure- warehouses, standard factories, logistics park, etc. All of these are to make the operator come in and plug and play. Operators or investors can thrive in the zone because it provides them with the resilience since they can do it in the most efficient and optimised manner”, he said.

He explained that the Zone has provided a power plant as a huge incentive for investors noting that the challenge around reliable and affordable power which has been the bane of Nigeria becoming a manufacturing hub, may soon become a thing of the past.

He made it known that with the Africa Free Continental Trade Agreement coming into force Lagos Free Zone would become a big investment destination to facilitate trade into Nigeria.



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