Nigeria Trade Office Lacks Funds to Move out of Taipei

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Photo by J. Patrick Fischer via Wikimedia Commons

Following the diplomatic tit-for-tat, the Nigeria Trade Office’s move from Taipei has hit a snag, namely that the government representative office lacks the money to move, Liberty Times reported.

Nigeria has said that it lacks funds to move its office out of Taipei and may have to close entirely. Representatives in Taiwan said that some of the country’s offices abroad have not received funding due to the poor economic situation.

In January, allegedly under pressure from China, the Nigerian government forced the Taiwan Trade Office in the capital of Abuja to move out of the city. Taiwan agreed to move to Lagos, but then Nigerian authorities sealed off access to the office on June 30. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs says that access to the office in Abuja is still blocked.

Nigeria also demanded that it change the official name of the office from Trade Mission of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and it insisted that Chao Chia-pao (趙家寶), the office’s representative, leave the country.

Antonio Chen (陳俊賢), director-general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Department of West Asian and African Affairs, noted that Taiwan has found a new location for its trade office in Nigeria and that the move to Lagos should be completed in another two months.

Last month, Taiwan demanded that Nigeria relocate its office trade office to outside Taipei.

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