Nigeria Ready For Investments In Creative Industry – Minister


    The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, says
    Nigeria is ready to receive investors in the
    Creative Industry, having created the enabling environment for
    investments through favourable economic policies.

    According to a statement signed by his SA, Segun Adeyemi, the Minister stated this in Abuja on Friday when he received a delegation from Huaxia Movie Distribution Group, the second biggest movie distributors in China, on a courtesy visit to his office.

    “Nigeria today is ready to receive investors from abroad in the
    Creative Industry because we have the enabling environment in terms of favourable economic policies. We have a very determined administration that believes in diversification. We have been preparing ourselves to sanitize the market so we are tackling the issue of piracy.

    “Our programme on digitization is moving very well. So this is the
    right time for anybody to really come and invest in Nigeria,” he said,
    adding that the Chinese investors have come on the cusp of a
    revolution in the Creative Industry.

    Alhaji Mohammed welcomed the Chinese movie group’s proposal to invest in some critical aspects of the Creative Sector, including the
    establishment of cinema houses, studios and exhibition centres.

    “We hope that this will not just be a talk-shop. We want to be able to
    build on this. We want you to give us a plan of action on how you
    intend to cooperate with us in the area of exhibition venues, building
    cinema houses, especially in the rural areas. Give us a proposal on
    mobile cinemas and let us know what you expect of us as a government.

    “We want concrete proposals from you in the area of investing in
    studios and also in co-production. We also want to know how many
    Nigerian films you want to take to China,” he said.

    The Minister told the Chinese delegation that the pioneer status
    recently granted to the creative sector will enable investors to
    benefit from incentives such as tax holiday and withholding tax on

    In his remarks, the Chief Executive of Huaxia Movie Distribution
    Group, Mr. Wei Bian, said his company wants to be part of the future
    of Nigerian movie industry, because of its bright prospect not only in
    Africa but on the world stage.

    He said the company had been emboldened to seek new frontiers in movie collaboration through a marching order handed down by the Chinese President for the country to look beyond Hollywood to other
    culturally-diverse areas like Africa, with Nigeria a prime

    Mr. Bian expressed delight at the rate of movie production in Nigeria
    which, he said, surpasses the number of movies produced in China

    He expressed confidence that Chinese investment in the Nigerian
    Creative Industry will further enhance the quality of Nigerian movies,
    promote cultural exchanges and open career opportunities for citizens
    of both countries.


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