Toyota plans advanced medical diagnostics centre in Nigeria



*President Buhari with R-L: Senior Managing Executive Officer Toyota Tsusho Corporation Mr Minoru Murata, President and CEO Ichiro Kashitani and Senior Managing Executive Officer Mr Richard Bielle shortly after a meeting with Management of Toyota Tsusho Corporation in Yokohama Japan*


Toyota Tsusho, a part of the Toyota conglomerate, has indicated interest in sectors like energy, healthcare and automobiles, saying Toyota would be delighted to have presence all over Nigeria.


President/CEO of the group, Ichiro Kashitani, stated this on Friday when President Muhammadu Buhari held investment talks with top officials of Japan Bank for International Cooperation, and Toyota Group, at the margins of the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD 7), holding in Yokohama, Japan.


Kashitani said Toyota Tsusho wishes to also build an advanced medical diagnostics centre, which would foreclose need for foreign travel to obtain cutting edge medical diagnosis.

President Buhari expressed delight at the offer and also urged the group to also consider setting up a car assembly plant, noting that Nigeria had the capacity to absorb the investment for positive returns.

On his part, the Deputy Governor, Mr Nobumitsu Hayashi, the Japan Bank for International Cooperation indicated the bank’s interest in supporting projects in which Japanese companies are involved in Nigeria.

He said it had lots of resources dedicated for that purpose, and would be interested in oil and gas, and investments in infrastructure.

President Buhari welcomed the bank, informing the team that Nigeria had introduced the Ease of Doing Business, and bureaucratic bottlenecks were being cleared off the way.

At another meeting with the Prime Minister of Algeria, Noureddine Bedoui, President Buhari counseled that the political programme in the country be faithfully executed, which would lead to general elections as soon as possible.

“Algeria is a good pan-Africanist nation, with a lot of influence over the continent,” the President said.

Prime Minister Bedoui said dialogue was in progress with all stakeholders leading to elections, hopefully by end of the year.




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