Abia State Governor, Alex Otti, has expressed his government’s eagerness to collaborate with Indonesia to enhance economic development and industrialization in the state. During a visit by the Indonesian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Usra Harahap, Governor Otti highlighted Abia’s interest in leveraging Indonesia’s scientific and technological advancements, citing the country’s significant gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate of close to US$1.3 trillion.
Governor Otti welcomed Indonesia’s identification of Aba as a potential partner and emphasized the state’s readiness to engage with foreign investors to stimulate economic growth and socioeconomic development. He outlined key areas for collaboration, including education, agriculture, entertainment, health, trade, industry, commerce, and technology.
Expressing the state government’s commitment to supporting innovation and entrepreneurship, Governor Otti discussed the potential establishment of an entrepreneurship and technology center in Abia. He stressed the importance of creating an enabling environment and providing infrastructure and seed capital to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
Governor Otti expressed optimism about the positive impact of the collaboration, highlighting the innovative nature of Abia’s residents and their potential for growth with the right support.
Indonesian High Commissioner Usra Harahap echoed the commitment of his country to fostering diplomatic cooperation with Nigeria and Abia. He emphasized Indonesia’s interest in establishing meaningful partnerships across key sectors, including trade, agriculture, education, technology, construction, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, and entrepreneurship.
Harahap encouraged both the business community and the government to explore the numerous opportunities for collaboration between Indonesia and Abia. The envisioned partnership aims to contribute to economic prosperity, create opportunities, and foster mutual growth in both regions.