The Nigeria and Switzerland have concluded a migration agreement and have already jointly started to initiate innovative projects in the agreement such as the one enabling Nigerians in Switzerland to teach young people in Nigeria and Swiss scholarship for Nigerian technicians for specialised training in Nestle Nigeria.

Swiss Ambassador to Nigeria Dr. Hans-Rudolf Hodel told newsmen in Abuja yesterday that the pact which was concretised last year came about as a result of continuous robust and dynamic relations with Nigeria over the past few years.

The ambassador also cited a pilot project on police cooperation launched last year which facilitated visits by several Nigerian police personnel to Switzerland to enhance operational cooperation with selected cantonal authorities in the fight against drug trafficking.

According to him, additional activities such as the capacity building of the Nigerian immigration authorities, support for Nigeria in the implementation of a protection policy for internally displaced persons, or for cooperation in the multilateral dialogue on migration and development are also going on. Ambassador Hodel pointed out that both countries last year also agreed to hold regular human rights consultations and engage in joint project work regarding human rights and policing. On trade and economy, he said Nigeria and Switzerland are working together to make the Nigerian market familiar to increasingly interested Swiss businessmen. "Nigeria is Switzerland's second most important export market in sub-Saharan Africa. Nigeria is importing mainly machinery, chemical and pharmaceutical products and textiles from Switzerland. Switzerland is mainly importing crude oil from Nigeria. The trade volume exchanged between the two countries each year is currently around 200 Mio CHF US dollars in both directions", he said.

On direct investments, he said at the end of 2010, Swiss businessmen invested 255.5 Mio CHF into the Nigerian market, up from 201.7 CHF in 2009, adding that Swiss companies in Nigeria employ about 4000 people.

Migration Partnership Pact, Nigeria And Switzerland Conclude