Ayade Seeks Closer ECOWAS, Japan Ties

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(1st from right standing), Cross River State Governor and member of Nigerian delegation, Senator Ben Ayade, (1st from left seating), President of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) H.E Kadre Desire Ouedraogo with other participants, at the "1st ECOWAS - Japan Business Forum 2015" in Hyatt Regency Tokyo. Japan.... ‎
(1st from right standing), Cross River State Governor and member of Nigerian delegation, Senator Ben Ayade, (1st from left seating), President of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) H.E Kadre Desire Ouedraogo with other participants, at the “1st ECOWAS – Japan Business Forum 2015” in Hyatt Regency Tokyo. Japan…. ‎

Cross River State Governor, Senator Ben Ayade has made a case for closer ties between countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and Japan.

Governor Ayade made the call in Tokyo, Japan while addressing the maiden edition of the ECOWAS -Japan Business Forum.

He recalled how as a graduate student, his thesis won him a grant of about 6.5 million yen from‎ the Japanese government.

Some of his classmates, he said, also got scholarships from the Japanese government.

He described the Japanese as very warm people who are also ever willing to share knowledge with those who need knowledge.

According to him, strengthening ties wit‎h Japan will be most beneficial to the ECOWAS countries who are seeking to close the technology gap with the developed world.

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