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Polish Tycoon Named ‘Friend of Nigeria’
October 31, 2013   
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The Nigerian government has named Polish business tycoon Jan Kulczyk a “Friend of Nigeria” in recognition of his contribution to the economic development of Africa’s largest country and to the promotion of its business relations with Poland.

Kulczyk is the wealthiest man in Poland and the first businessman in the world to have received this prestigious title, which was established earlier this year to mark Nigeria’s Independence Day celebrations. The title was formally bestowed on him Oct. 1 during commemorations of the 53rd anniversary of Nigeria’s independence by the country’s ambassador to Poland, Samuel Wodi Jimba.

Wodi Jimba said that the Nigerian government welcomes and supports Kulczyk’s business projects in that country’s mining sector, adding that these create new jobs and benefit local companies and communities. “Jan Kulczyk is not afraid of challenges and this is fantastic,” Wodi Jimba said. “Since he is now officially a Friend of Nigeria, he has the green light for further investment.”

Kulczyk has told the Newseria Agency news service that his choice of Nigeria as an investment destination is no accident. Nigeria plays a special role in the development of Africa, Kulczyk said.

“I have been saying for years that economic ties with Africa are the future of Europe and the world,” said Kulczyk. “And Nigeria, with a population of 200 million, will determine how fast all of Africa is going to develop.”

The Kulczyk Investments company is the largest Polish investor in Africa. At the moment, it is carrying out 20 drilling and extraction projects there.

Based on his experience of doing business in Africa, Kulczyk has initiated an international debate on investment opportunities and economic challenges faced by Africa and Europe.
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