US-based multinational General Electric has indicated that it is in the process of expanding its investments into sub-Saharan Africa as part of the recently announced Power Initiative. General Electric can point to a 100-year record of involvement in Africa and has operations in several sub-Saharan African countries, one of which is Nigeria where it has already identified projects in which it can participate.
In the past year, General Electric and the Federal Government of Nigeria have signed several memoranda of understanding agreements outlining cooperation in the energy, healthcare and rail transportation sectors. Ground breaking for a US$250 million manufacturing facility in the port city of Calabar in Nigeria took place on 18 June 2013. General Electric Nigeria’s president and CEO, Lazarus Angbazo, is of the view that Nigeria is a country where the General Electric portfolio – the full General Electric portfolio – fits perfectly in terms of the needs of the country and the capabilities of the country.
Angbazo further indicated that General Electric intends to invest up to $1 billion over the next five years, including the aforementioned $250 million, with the balance to be spent in services and support.