At the G77+China Summit, Vice President Sen. Kashim Shettima led Nigeria’s delegation in signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Republic of Cuba, strengthening their collaboration in the fields of Innovation, Science, and Technology.
The signing ceremony, a pivotal moment in Nigeria’s participation at the summit, occurred on Saturday at Hotel Palco La Habana on the sidelines of the event. Uche G. Nnaji, the Minister of Innovation, Science & Technology, represented the Federal Government of Nigeria in signing the MOU.
Following the MOU signing, Minister Nnaji commended President Bola Tinubu’s visionary leadership, acknowledging that it had led to this significant agreement. He assured that Nigeria would seize the opportunities provided by the bilateral pact, emphasizing that its implementation would commence promptly. He expressed his commitment to establish the necessary mechanisms for developing a program of action.
Vice President Shettima emphasized Nigeria’s strong commitment to South-South cooperation as a means to promote sustainable development in the global South. The bilateral agreement would primarily focus on Research and Development (R&D) and human resource development, deepening the partnership between the two nations.
The areas of cooperation covered by this bilateral agreement encompass biotechnology, scientific investigation and innovation, technological development, human resources development, specialist exchange in Science and Technology, and technology transfer for developmental purposes.
Prior to the summit’s commencement, Vice President Shettima had conveyed Nigeria’s intention to Cuba’s Vice President to sign significant MOUs for agricultural, scientific, and technological development.
This historic event was witnessed by Amb. Adamu Lamuwa, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Amb. Ben Okoyen, Nigeria’s Ambassador to Cuba, and other senior government officials, underscoring the importance of this collaborative endeavor.