Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia state says part of his administration’s plan is to have a free trade zone in Abia state.

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Speaking when he met with the South Korean Ambassador to Nigeria,Noh Kyu Duk in his office at the Government House, Umuahia the Governor said that the state is strategically located for trade and commerce, adding that people from neighbouring states and beyond could easily access the state.

He said that Aba alone has about 15 markets while the Ariaria international market is the third largest market in West Africa and disclosed that efforts are being made to retune Ariaria to make it an all season market.

Dr Ikpeazu who said that Abia state is interested in partnering South Korea in the areas of agriculture and small and medium scale industries among others stated that there are over 40,000 shoemakers and garment manufacturers in Aba and lamented that there is need to automate the manufacturing process to make consistent quality within a short period.

In that regard, he solicited for equipment from South Korea as well as expertise to train the shoemakers, pointing out that there is a huge market for Aba made goods.

Earlier in his speech, the South Korean Ambassdor to Nigeria, Noh Kyu Duk said his mission is to enhance bilateral relations between Nigeria and South Korea, adding that states are important as a lot of trade and economic activities take place there.

He invited a delegation from the state led by the Governor to South Korea to see areas of interest and disclosed that South Korea has a lot to offer in agriculture, leather industry, textile industry among other areas.

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