The French Government joins a night of unanimous tribute paid to Herbert Wigwe

At the occasion of the night when Nigeria paid Tributes to Dr Herbert Wigwe, Franck Riester, French Minister of foreign trade, paid his condolences to the Wigwe family on behalf of President Macron and reminded the assembly of the immense role played by Dr Herbert Wigwe for the relationship France and Nigeria as chairman of the Franco Nigerian Business Council.

At an earlier private audience, the French Minister proposed to Mr Aigboje Aig-Imoukhede, cofounder of Access Bank, to carry on the task of Dr Wigwe as the chairman of the Business Council.

Mr Jean Haas, executive Secretary General of the Council, who attended the ceremonies, will meet with Mr Imoukhede in the next few weeks to prepare a program of future events for the Council.

Published by Admin:  March 7th  2024.

Wigwe and Jean Haas

Published by Admin: February 2024.

Relais At AFIS

Relais CEO participated at Africa Financial Industry Summitorganized by Jeune Afrique Media Group in Lomé,Togo on November 15 and 16,2023.
A powerful Nigerian delegation with his Excellency Mr Wale Edun, Federal Minister of Economy and Finance, and Dr Herbert Wigwe, Group Chief Executive Officer at Access Corporation, presented their vision about the new perspective resulting from the change of Nigerian economic policy implemented by the incoming Tinubu administration. Relais International coordinated the Nigerian content of this important international gathering.

Published by Admin: November 16th 2023.

Published by Admin: November 2023.

Published by Admin: September 2023.

August 2023

Relais International Business Center in Abuja welcomes the Norwegian Embassy

The arrival of the Royal Norwegian Embassy Chancellery in Relais Business complex is a significant event for the city. RIBC is located in the heart of Abuja city. The arrival of the Norwegian embassy is a welcome development for Relais business center.

Relais Complex was chosen because of its ideal location, the quality of the premises which host already many international development organizations such French, German, Korean or Japanese, and inhouse services such as restaurant, catering and lodging facilities.

Congratulations to Chairman and Secretary General of France Nigeria Business Council on your new roles!

Mr Herbert Wigwe CEO Access Holdings was appointed Chairman of the France Nigeria Business Council while Mr Jean Haas was reappointed Secretary General of the Council

The French President, his Excellency Mr Emmanuel Macron, invited Mr Wigwe, Mr Aigboje Aig-Imoukhede and Mr Haas to hold discussion at the State House about the best ways of strengthening bilateral economic relationship between the 2 countries.

Author: Admin Published: May, 2023, Time: 10:14am

Access Bank in France, Banking Licence

Author: Admin Published: May 12th, 2022, Time: 12:17am

Author: Admin Published: October 13th, 2022, Time: 18:10pm

Europian Union Nigeri, Abuja Business

Author: Admin Published: June 30th, 2022, Time: 13:00pm       

Figaro News Editor

Author: Admin Published: August 20th, 2022, Time: 14:35pm

France and Nigeria Busines Forum

Author: Admin Published: May 29th, 2022, Time: 10:10am

Juene African Magazine

Author: Admin Published: March 25th, 2022, Time: 12:40pm

Relais CEO takes part to the 2 days celebrations held in Lagos at the occasion of the Ground Breaking Ceremony of the new US Consulate in Lagos.

Lagos State Executive Governor, His Excellency Babajide Sanwo-Olu, US Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard, Chairman South Energy, Eko Atlantic, Ronald Chagoury broke ground of EKO Atlantic city for the new 500 Millions $ US Consulate to be built in the new city, Eko emerging in Lagos, Nigeria. The chancery over a total gross surface of 30,000 m2 on a 4 ha land will be the largest US Consulate General in the world. Every body could see that Eko Atlantic project with a current 12 projects under construction has become a reality. A lot of Nigerian dignitaries attended the 2 days celebration including His Excellency Asiwaju Tinubu, Mr and Mrs Danjuma, Governors of Lagos and Ogun State, Aliko Dangote, Herbert Wigwe, Jim Ovia, Femi Otedola among many others….

African dinner night with Nigeria flavor.

French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Mrs Brigitte Macron, hosted a special dinner on September 30th, 2021, at the French State House at the occasion of the closing of Africa Cultural Season 2020. The evening highlighted the major contributors to the Season and specially the Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury Foundation and their involvement in Nigeria. The evening underlined Nigerian creativity in both cultural and economical field; sounds and feelings of Lagos were reproduced, many Nigerian artists and business men were present.

Author: Admin   Published: 10th October, 2021, Time: 10:05 am

New French Ambassador arrives to Nigeria

Jerome Pasquier hands over the mantle of French Ambassador in Nigeria to Emmanuelle Blatmann. Relais Consulting SA wishes all success to our outgoing Ambassador and a heartly welcome to our incoming Ambassador.

Author: Admin    Published:   10th October, 2021,   Time: 9:40pm

Glo and Eutelsat enter into satellite connectivity agreement.

Globacom and Eutelsat Communication signed a multi-year wholesale capacity contract that enables Globacom to leverage the Eutelsat Konnect satellite to deliver high-speed satellite connectivity to business and communities in unconnected and underserved communities in Nigeria. The agreement was signed within the frame of the France Nigeria Business Council as a follow up of the conference organized last June in Versailles. The signature ceremony took place at the Elysée Palace on September 30, 2021, it was attended by President Macron and Franck Riester, French Minister of foreign trade.

Author: Admin    Published:  October 3rd, 2021,   Time: 12:40 pm

Relais Business Center Welcomes KOICA

We are happy to announce the 5th international development agency to move into Relais International Business Center.

Author: Admin Published: October 2nd, 2021, Time: 11:40am

"Choose France" Summit 2021

Jean Haas, CEO Relais International Group, has been coordinating the organization and moderating the France Nigeria Business Council which took place at Versailles as a site event of “Choose France” Summit on June 28, 2021

The most prominent business leaders from France and Nigeria gathered to discuss the reinforcement of the Franco Nigeria bilateral economic relationship through the creation of new partnerships and crossed investments.

Dr Mike Adenuga chairman of Globacom and Conoil, Gilbert Chagoury cofounder of the Chagoury Group, Aliko Dangote Founder Chairman and CEO of Dangote Group, Tony Elumelu chairman and CEO of Heirs Holding, Abdul Samad Rabiu, chairman and CEO of BUA Group, Herbert Wigwe, CEO of Access Bank flew in to France from Nigeria purposely for the event.

They were joined by first rank French Business leaders such as Patrick Pouyanné from Total Energies, Sébastien Bazin from Accor, Rodolphe Saade from CMA CGM, Jean Sentenac from Axens, or Martin Hirsch form the “Great Paris University Hospitals” among other top dignitaries.

The opening of the event was pronounced by Franck Riester, French Minister of foreign trade and concluded by President Macron who gave to the audience his vision about Nigeria’s future and his ambition to see French companies to take a larger part in to Nigeria’s development.

2 major contracts were signed at this occasion: the opening of financial branch of Access Bank in Paris, the license contract allowing BUA group to build its new refinery.

A new gathering of the Business Council will take place in Paris later in the year at the invitation of President Macron for the closing of Cultural Africa Season which will be dedicated to Nigerian Arts and culture.       

Author: Admin Published: June 30th, 2021, Time: 5:40pm

Chairman Heirs Holding, Mr Tony Elumelu, will attend "Choose France Summit."

Mr Pascal Furth, economical advisor of the French Embassy in Abuja, and Jean Haas, Relais Nigeria, handed over to the chairman Heirs Holding, Mr Tony Elumelu, the invitation by President Emmanuel Macron to attend “Choose France Summit” due to take place in Versailles on June 28, 2021. Mr T. Elumelu confirmed his attendance. He will be joined by other Nigerian captains of industry at the event promoting the enhancement of Franco- Nigerian bilateral economic relationship.

Author: Admin    Published:  June 29, 2021,   Time: 10:40 am

Nigerian Business Tycoons to visit Paris Shortly.

“Aliko Dangote, Abdul Samad Rabiu, Herbert Wigwe have accepted to join “Choose France Summit “ to take place Versailles in June 28th – Franck Riester, Minister of foreign trade ,during his visit to Lagos on April 14th handed over the formal invitations on behalf of President Emmanuel Macron.”

Author: Admin    Published: 23 April 2021    Time: 11:49 am 

Franck Riester visits Nigeria and gives a boost to the French Nigerian Business Initiative.


The French Minister of foreign trade undertook a visit in Nigeria on April 12 to 14th, 2021 to strengthen the economical ties between France and Nigeria and pave the way for “Choose France” Economical Summit to be taking place in Paris next June. A special session of the Summit will be dedicated to the “French Nigeria Business Dialogue” largely supported by President Macron. The most prominent business captains from Nigeria will head to Paris to meet with French potential partners. This new initiative already started bearing fruits with the implementation of the refinery project between BUA Nigeria and Axens France. Without a doubt many more projects will follow. We are very happy to coordinate the Initiative.

Author: Admin,          Published  23 April 2021,        Time: 2:40 pm

The French Government has granted on March 3rd 2021, its Agrement for His Excellency Mr. Kayode I. Laro to become the new Ambassador of Federal Republic of Nigeria to France.

Relais Nigeria had the privilege and honor to host in its Relais Café Mr Kayode I. Laro, the newly appointed Nigeria Ambassador to Paris, Mr Kayode I. Laro is a retired career diplomat.

Ambassador Kayode Laro was born in Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria on November 30, 1959. He had his primary education in London, England from 1965 – 1968 and Adeola Model School, Offa, Kwara State from 1968 – 1970. He went to Offa Grammar School from 1971 – 1975. In 1976 he gained admission to the School of Basic Studies, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He then studied geography in ABU from 1977 – 1980, graduating with a B.A. Hons. He did his national youth service in Anambra State from 1980 – 1981 at Girls Secondary School, Uli, Ihiala LGA. Ambassador Laro’s first job post-NYSC was as an education officer in the Kwara State Civil Service from 1981 – 1982. Ambassador Laro then worked at the Kwara State College of Technology (now Kwara Polytechnic) from January – April 1983. He joined the Federal Civil Service in December 1983 as an External Affairs Officer in the Ministry of External Affairs (now known as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs). Ambassador Laro spent 35 years in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs during which he served in various capacities at home and abroad. Among these are his deployments in the Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, West African Affairs Division, First United Nations Division, and Bilateral Economic Cooperation Division. His foreign postings include the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations Office in Geneva, Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations in New York, Nigeria High Commission in Nairobi and Embassy of Nigeria in Harare.

Author: Admin, Published: March 3rd, 2021 5:55 pm

BUA group, French firm in 200,000bpd refinery deal

BUA group has definitely Launched its 200,000b/d capacity integrated refining and petrochemical plant in akwa ibom State, in Nigeria. Products to include Euro 5-quality gasoline, diesel, jet fuels and polypropylene for the country’s domestic and regional markets.

The global kick-off meeting was held on January 13th, 2021 between the participants.

OLAX Engineering Consulting, for the project Management Control (PMC)

KBR, UK for the front-end Engineering Design (FEED)

AXENS, France as licensor for the process technologies with Relais Consulting as AXENS local coordinator

Lummus-Novolen Technology, Germany as licensor for the polypropylene process.

Author: Admin, Published: January 23, 2021 9:55 am


 Relais International and Mr. Jean Haas support the launching of the SEASON AFRICA 2020 for which the main event was unfortunately postpone because of the current sanitary situation. We thank Gilbert and Rosemary Chagoury Foundation which contribution was essential and without which the event could not have taken place.

Author: Admin, Published: December 28, 2020 9:55 pm

Relais Business Center Welcomes GIZ

The Head Office of the Nigeria Branch of GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internatinale Zusammenarbeit), the German Agency for International Cooperation, is moving to Relais International Business Center in Abuja. The center already hosts AFD (Agence Francaise de Development), JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency), ISDB (Islamic Development Bank)

Author: Admin                     Published: October 8, 2020 4:55 pm

Relais Consulting SA organizes BUA group visit to Paris.

Relais Consulting Societe Anonyme organized the visit of Abdulsamad Rabiu, chairman BUA Group, to Paris in July 2020. During 3 days, meetings were held with the French Authorities and private French Companies in order to enhance the relationship between the Nigerian industrial Conglomerate and French Groups and to define areas of possible cooperation. The target of BUA Group is to increase, in partnership with foreign companies, local industrial production, added value and local employment in Nigeria using resources locally available.

Author: Admin                       Published: July 28, 2020 4:05 pm


Relais Consulting Leads Nigeria business delegation at “Choose France” Summit which took place in Versailles in January 2020.

Choose France” summit is a unique opportunity for world business leaders to meet with French Government members and French Captains of Industry and discuss areas of corporation and partnership.

Author: Admin                            Published: January 20, 2020 12:54 pm

Pascal Confavreux, special adviser to president Macron in bilateral economic affairs at Eko Atlantic site Lagos State, on 12th December 2019.

Eko Atlantic City, a 10 million square-metre city being built on the Atlantic Ocean along Ahmadu Bello Way in Victoria Island (VI) of Lagos State, is indeed a beautiful place. The city which is twice the size of VI has different types of property, especially high rise structures, springing up on the massive land.

Author: Admin                               Published: December 16, 2019 5:32 pm

France Honour Bella Disu with Prestigious National Honour.

An event planned and coordinated by   RELAIS INTERNATIONAL NIGERIA LIMITED

France has honoured the Executive Vice Chairman of Globacom, Mrs. Bella Disu, with the prestigious national honour of “Chevalier dans l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres.”

The award, which is in recognition of Mrs. Disu’s remarkable support for arts and culture, especially her coordination of the construction of the iconic Alliance Francaise Mike Adenuga Centre, Ikoyi, Lagos, was presented to her at a formal ceremony held at the centre and presided over by the French State Secretary for Education and Youth, Ministry, Gabriel Attal.

The French minister, who is the youngest minister in France, said he was delighted to present the honour to Mrs. Disu as the youngest recipient of the French national honour.

The minister said the unique national honour is reserved for icons who have supported the sustenance and growth of French culture.

He described the Mike Adenuga Centre as magnificent and the most beautiful of all Alliance Francaise centres in the world. He also described the equipment, sound, lighting and technology at the centre as first class, adding that the project is a cultural revolution.

Facing the Chairman of Mike Adenuga Group, Dr. Mike Adenuga Jr. who witnessed the ceremony along with the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu and other eminent dignitaries, the French minister said, “Who could have imagined that it was possible to build such a cultural centre in just a few months? From the very first minute, dear Chairman, you wished that your daughter would lead the project that would facilitate cultural collaborations between French speaking countries and Nigeria.

In her acceptance speech, Mrs. Disu expressed gratitude to President Emmanuel Macron of France for the honour. “I am thankful for the firm belief that it could be done. Just look at where we are now. The centre has become such a reference point, a cultural hub, promoting French language and culture, showcasing Nigerian talent. We did it and I am proud of the entire project team. I applaud your expertise and tireless commitment”, she said.

A business leader who currently serves as Executive Vice Chairman of Globacom, CEO of Cobblestone Properties and Estates, Director at Abumet PLC and non-executive director with Julius Berger, Mrs Disu is a multi instrumentalist, humanist, patriot and philanthropist. She started playing the Piano at the age of 4 and Saxophone at the age of 18.


Relais International Office Complex 3 Now Open

Relais Intl. office complex two is a 5 stories building (700sqr meter per floor) situated at the city centre of Abuja, It was completed on 23rd September 2019, and had the first tenants including Expertise France, a full subsidiary of the French Development Bank to move in January 2020.

African CEO Forum

The largest annual gathering of the African private sector

The 8th edition of the AFRICA CEO FORUM will take place on 9 and 10 March 2020 at the Sofitel Abidjan Hotel Ivoire in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

Founded in 2012, the AFRICA CEO FORUM is an annual gathering of decision-makers from the largest African companies, as well as international investors, multinational executives, heads of state, ministers, and representatives of the main financial institutions operating on the continent.


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nearly every aspect of business aviation.


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