Department for International Trade: Exclusive interview with Oluwaseyi Adepoju Trade Adviser UK Department of International Trade

Interview with Oluwaseyi Adepoju, Trade adviser for the UK Department of International Trade (UK DIT)
Interview with Oluwaseyi Adepoju, Trade adviser for the UK Department of International Trade (UK DIT)
Interview with Oluwaseyi Adepoju, Trade adviser for the UK Department of International Trade (UK DIT) in Nigeria, where he discussed the upcoming “Alternative Mining Equipment Trade Show Online”, a collaborative event between the UK DIT and Nigeria Mining Week. He shares the thoughts behind this initiative with Sabrina Tab, Event Manager of Nigeria Mining Week.
 
 
ST: Before we get into discussing the upcoming event, can you tell us more about the UK Department of International Trade and its role in Nigeria specifically?
The UK DIT is the UK government department that is responsible for the promotion of free and international trade and investment. We help UK businesses drive investment inward, as well as outward investment by negociating market assets and trade deals.
In this context I lead all trade and investment conversation between the Uk and Nigeria in the mining sector.
 
ST: When it comes to Nigerian Mining, what has your attention at the moment?
I think the mining sector in Nigeria is still at its infancy stage, despite the fact that we’ve had mining activities taking place in Nigeria for a long time. What I see in the sector is an early stage opportunity.
Because of the risk within mining, there needs to be input from government to de-risk the sector, to drive local and foreign investment. A lot of effort has been put in place by the current government to drive the sector where it is, but a lot more needs to be done. At this stage, the Nigerian government remains a core stakeholder, and as such, should be able to make available loans and facilities to businesses, just like what was done for agriculture.
To develop the industry, the UK is always willing to help, understanding that the UK has a lot of experience with mining sector.
 
ST : Let’s move into our upcoming collaborative event, the Alternative Mining Equipment Trade Show, which is an initiative from the UK department. Can you tell us what the audience can expect at this event on 31st March?
This online event is a first of its kind in Nigeria. Mining stakeholders should expect a wide range of mining technologies and equipment from a variety of UK suppliers and manufacturers, exhibiting their products and willing to engage with the audience.
There will also be partner financial institutions, willing and ready to offer equipment financing options.
It's also an opportunity to network with mining stakeholders, official, associations representatives, mining experts, banks and finance houses.
 
Because the UK has many years of experience in the mining sector, it has, over the years, developed an array of solutions and technology that change how mining is done, to ensure it is safe and to make sure more value is added to natural resources.
The goal is to collaborate to create a prosperous and safe mining sector in Nigeria.

You can watch the full interview here>>> https://youtu.be/EaTMcrwp8Z8

 
 
Interview with Oluwaseyi Adepoju, Trade adviser for the UK Department of International Trade (UK DIT) in Nigeria
Interview with Oluwaseyi Adepoju, Trade adviser for the UK Department of International Trade (UK DIT) in Nigeria