Building a New Era of US-Nigeria Commercial Relations

Learn More

Message from the Chairman

March 2019

Nigeria just completed its sixth national election since the return to civilian rule in 1999. The administration of the election was not perfect, and turnout — estimated at 40 percent — was disappointing, but Nigerians can be proud of their role in consolidating the country’s institutions in Africa’s largest democracy. Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared President Buhari the victor, a result confirmed by a youth-led coalition of Nigerian civil society, which carried out a Parallel Vote Tabulation during the February 23 election.

President Buhari has a huge task before him as he looks to a second term in office. Security challenges, including the Boko Haram insurgency in the country’s northeast, conflict in Nigeria’s middle belt, where fighting between pastoralists and farmers has resulted in over 1,000 deaths in the past year, and a resurgence of unrest in the Niger Delta require both immediate action and a hard look at reforming Nigeria’s security sector. Better training, more effective command and control and respect for human rights are essential elements of a reformed Nigerian army that can address challenges in multiple theaters of operation while instilling confidence in the civilian population in the affected areas. On the economy, a second Buhari administration must address widespread poverty and unemployment, particularly among Nigeria’s youth, while carrying out reforms in the critically-important oil sector, including standing up the new institutions called for in the Petroleum Industries Governance Bill. President Buhari’s appointments in his second term will be a key indicator of his priorities, and I hope he will populate his administration with ministers and senior officials who understand that the private sector must be the driver of economic growth and poverty-reduction.

For its part, the US-Nigeria Council (USNC) stands ready to play its role in the most important and dynamic economy on the African continent. As a convener, clearinghouse and catalyst for investment into Nigeria, the USNC will continue to promote expanded commercial ties between the United States and Nigeria.

Upcoming Event

Join us on March 13, 2019 at 10 am for a discussion on the Nigerian elections. U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, W. Stuart Symington, will join in a business interchange on opportunities and challenges in Nigeria post-elections.

More Information

Who We Are

The U.S.-Nigeria Council (USNC) is the premier organization dedicated to strengthening commercial and business ties between the United States and Nigeria. The Council builds and supports long-term business partnerships between US and Nigerian companies that drive innovation, entrepreneurship, technology transfer, job creation, and economic growth in both economies.

USNC membership offers high-level services, including exclusive access to meetings and events, executive business intelligence and council advocacy for member issues and priorities.

Learn More
News
In April, USNC will be hosting an exclusive dinner to be held on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly and World Bank Spring Meetings in New York. We look forward to a fruitful and productive event as we discuss the evolving direction of US-Nigerian commercial relations.

The US Nigeria Council hosted a Washington, DC reception and dinner focused on the digital economy on the margins of the IMF-World Bank week in April 2018.

See Press Release    See Photo Gallery

The U.S. Nigeria Council hosted a New York deal making dinner on the margins of the UN General Assembly in September 2017.

See Photo Gallery

The U.S. Nigeria Council hosted high-level private and public sector representatives for a breakfast on July 25, 2017. Guests were given an exclusive briefing on evolving U.S.-Nigeria relations by a high level U.S. Embassy official. The briefing was followed by intimate discussion about business opportunities and strengthening U.S.-Nigeria relations.

See Photo Gallery

The U.S. Nigeria Council hosted the Nigerian launch of the Council in March 2017.

See Photo Gallery

The U.S. Nigeria Council welcomed high-level private and public sector representatives for a reception and dinner on April 14, 2016. With remarks from Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Assistant Secretary of State and the Council Co-Chairs. guests were introduced to USNC’s vision and objectives.

See Photo Gallery

 

Our Purpose

Regionally in-tune, the Council’s work actively supports Nigeria’s national strategy for economic prosperity and US commercial diplomacy. With the support of key Nigerian political and economic institutions including the Nigerian Sovereign Trust Fund, the Council helps to advance critical trade and investment initiatives by maximizing industrial free trade zones, diversifying exports, integrating agro-investments into global supply chains, and matching energy development to production needs.

See More

The Council has twenty permanent members, 10 U.S. and 10 Nigerian, two co-chairs and an executive director. In addition, the Council offers rotating membership opportunities to ensure the inclusion of entrepreneurs and representatives from small and medium sized companies with interests in Nigeria.

Founding Members