Asia and Pacific Division is a dynamic Division. It is made up of Countries in the Asia and Pacific Regions which Nigeria actively engages on bilateral issues for her economic and political relations.
The shift from Political Diplomacy to Economic Diplomacy as well as adjustment in policies of the Federal Government towards Asian Countries provided a fertile ground for mutual relations existing between Nigeria and these Countries.
Asia and Pacific covers about thirty-five countries but not all of them are active. The countries under the purview of the Division include: China, Japan, South Korea, North Korea, Australia, Singapore, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Vietnam, Thailand, New Zealand, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Mongolia and Myanmar, etc. This makes the Division one of the busiest in the Ministry
Relations between Nigeria and China have been very cordial and active. Highlights of Nigeria-China relations include a Joint Commission, several protocols of co-operation and consequent consultations, as well as increased people to people contacts between the two countries. It is worthy of note to state that there was a recent high levelled official State Visit of Mr. President, HMFA and the Cabinet Ministers to China July, 2013. This state visit afforded Nigeria the opportunity to sign some Agreements and Memorandum of Understanding with China.
China and Nigeria are two strategic countries in their respective continents, thus both countries support each other's interests and aspirations in the international arena. Economic relation between Nigeria and China dates back to the early 70's. Economic and Commercial activities with China have greatly improved. By the end of 2012, trade volume was over USD 7.8billion, making Nigeria, China's second largest trading partner in Africa. Chinese investments also amounted to US$ 8billion during the same period, cutting across Agriculture, Oil and Gas, Solid Minerals as well as manufacturing of the Agro-Allied products. Nigeria and China have signed agreements on Trade, Economic and Technical, Scientific, Technological co-operation and Investment Protection.
The state of bilateral relations between Nigeria and Indonesia has been cordial and active and is characterised by their identical views and common objectives on many international issues.
Nigeria has been working hard to enhance co-operation with Indonesia in Economic-Commercial, Political-Diplomatic, Socio-Cultural and Military relations. Similarly, Indonesia desires the same as a result of Indonesia's perception of Nigeria as a major player in International Affairs, including her role in Africa. This has further been strengthened with the State visit of the Indonesian President to Nigeria in February, 2013. The Indonesian Mission in Nigeria is the only diplomatic representation it has in the West African sub-region.
Nigeria and Indonesia in addressing the lapse of not having a formal trade or economic Agreement, signed an MOU on Joint Commission for bilateral co-operation on the sidelines of UNGA 2010 in New York. While the first session of the Joint Commission is to be hosted in Jakarta from 25th