Buhari departs for London summit/ Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari will today, Friday, depart Nigeria for London where he is expected to participate in the inaugural UK-Africa investment summit billed for Monday. 

Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, who disclosed this in a statement yesterday, stated Buhari is expected to return to the country on Thursday.

Adesina noted the summit—which marks Buhari’s first trip abroad in 2020—would bring together  bring African leaders, international business chief executives, heads of international organisations together “to create new partnerships that will deliver more investments and jobs” in Africa and the UK.

The statement read: “Apart from highlighting new perspectives on UK-Africa Partnership for Prosperity, issues of Sustainable Finance and Infrastructure; Trade and Investment; Future African Growth Sectors and Clean Energy and Climate, are expected to dominate presentations and discussions during the Summit.”

“With the expected take-off of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) in mid-2020, the London investment summit will provide Nigeria with the opportunity to project itself as a leading investment destination for new industries.

“In addition, the summit will deepen Nigeria-United Kingdom investment ties post-Brexit given that Africa currently represents just two percent of British trade activity, with Nigeria accounting for only 10 percent of that total.

“The Nigerian delegation to the investment meeting will further showcase what the Federal Government has done through policies and legislations to improve the investment and business climate in the country.”

The statement added the President would also meet Head of the Commonwealth in Glasgow, Scotland, Prince Charles, before heading for a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson and heads of multilateral organisations.

Adesina also stated Buhari would be accompanied on the journey by Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, Gombe State Governor, Muhammad Yahaya and his Abia State counterpart, Okezie Ikpeazu.

Others expected to also accompany the President include Minister for Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, that of Industry, Trade and Investment, Nìyí Adebayo as well as Minister for Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed.

The list of delegation accompanying the President also include National Security Adviser, (NSA) Babagana Monguno and Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ahmed Abubakar.


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