BrandArena: Lagos Free Zone named Industrial Champion in Global Free Zones of the Year 2023 Awards

Thursday 26 October 2023

Lagos Free Zone named Industrial Champion in Global Free Zones of the Year 2023 Awards

Lagos Free Zone (LFZ), Nigeria's first deep seaport-based private free trade zone, has been named Industrial Champion in the Global Free Zones of the Year 2023 awards by fDi Intelligence, a Financial Times service. fDi Intelligence tracks global greenfield foreign direct investments across industries.

The award recognises LFZ as Africa's leading industrial ecosystem as a Special Economic Zone for manufacturing. According to fDi Intelligence's special report recognising the world's top free zones for FDI, LFZ was named the inaugural winner of Africa's industrial champions category due to its integration with a deep sea port that receives container vessels from around the world, creating new opportunities for manufacturers looking to export their goods.

“When it comes to staffing projects, manufacturers benefit from the company’s community jobs portal and a future training hub, which is dedicated to vocational skills that align with its priority sectors of food and beverages, pharmaceuticals, engineering, paper, chemicals and non-metallic minerals.” it stated.

Dr Olufemi Ogunyemi, Managing Director at the Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority quoted “We are deeply excited about this development and congratulate the Lagos Free Zone team for their efforts. This recognition further strengthens NEPZA’s commitment to driving the Renewed Hope agenda with free zones as the cornerstone of our approach to drive investments into the country. We will continue to provide a conducive environment for businesses to thrive and contribute to our nation's prosperity. We are excited about the opportunities that lie ahead”.

The newly appointed CEO of the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission, Aisha Rimi, congratulated Lagos Free Zone and said “We are glad to see investment hubs like the Lagos Free Zone get global recognition and congratulate the team at Lagos Free Zone for being announced the Industrial Champions for the African continent at the Global Free Zones awards this year. We are committed to work constructively with public and private sector players towards the common goal of driving inward investments and contributing to the economic growth of the country.”

In his remarks, the Chief Executive Officer, Lagos Free Zone, Dinesh Rathi described the award as a testament to the commitment of the promoters to attract global manufacturers by providing a world-class industrial ecosystem and thereby create employment opportunities for Nigerians.

Rathi noted that the company is extremely delighted at the recognition and would continue to take giant steps that would attract both local and foreign investments in the manufacturing sector.

“At Lagos Free Zone, we make it possible for businesses to make “Make in Nigeria for Africa” by providing a world-class industrial ecosystem integrated with Lekki Port, Nigeria’s most modern and deepest seaport. We invite global and local manufacturers to unlock hassle-free growth in West Africa and beyond through this ecosystem. We humbly dedicate this prominent recognition to all Nigerians,” he said.

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