Helen Grant, the British Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Nigeria, led a trade mission to Nigeria focused on exploring opportunities in the Nigerian film industry.
The recent trade mission to Lagos, led by the UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT), aimed to create an avenue for filmmakers from the UK and Nigeria to explore co-productions and expand their footprint in both countries.
It also allowed 30 Nigerian producers, directors, actors, screenwriters and cinematographers to meet, network and share ideas with their counterparts in the UK.
Speaking during the trade mission, Helen Grant, the UK Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Nigeria, said: “Following the Creative Sector Webinar Series which was led by DIT Nigeria in May 2021, it was evident that there was a clear interest from both the British and Nigerian film and television industry to explore potential collaborations.
According to her, the trade mission was a direct response to the positive feedback received, adding that there is hope for fruitful partnerships.
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“I hope that delegations from both countries will take the opportunity to better understand the business opportunities available to them, sign co-production agreements and open the door to the UK to exploit the uniqueness of the second most great movie industry in the world, Nollywood,” she said.
Prior to the trade mission to Lagos, Grant traveled to Abuja where she met with some cabinet members. Discussions focused on exploring ways to overcome specific barriers to doing business in Nigeria, such as foreign exchange constraints and fuel subsidy.
Grant also discussed facilitating trade in and out of Nigerian ports and pointed to specific agreements in the area of renewable energy on the grid, where increased government engagement would be beneficial.
She said the UK government was looking forward to welcoming Minister Adebayo’s delegation to London on April 26 for the Economic Development Forum. There, the UK and Nigeria will discuss and address numerous market access barriers to boost trade and investment through ministerial dialogue.