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 President Muhammadu Buhari will depart Abuja on Friday for London to participate in the inaugural UK Africa Investment Summit holding on Jan 20 Mr Femi Adesina the President s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity in a statement in Abuja on Thursday said the event would be hosted by the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson According to the organisers the event is expected to bring together African leaders international business chief executives and heads of international organisations to create new partnerships that will deliver more investments and jobs to the benefit of people and businesses in African countries and the United Kingdom 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 per cent of British trade activity with Nigeria accounting for only 10 per cent of that total Adesina stated He further disclosed that the Nigerian delegation to the investment meeting will showcase what the Federal Government had done through policies and legislations to improve the investment and business climate in the country While in the United Kingdom according to the presidential aide Buhari will meet with the Head of the Commonwealth Prince Charles in Glasgow Scotland The President and his delegation will also have bilateral meetings with Prime Minister Johnson as well as heads of multilateral organisations he added He said the president would be accompanied to the Summit by Governors Yahaya Bello Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya and Okezie Ikpeazu of Kogi Gombe and Abia States respectively Also on the presidential entourage are the Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama Minister of Industry Trade and Investment Otunba Niyi Adebayo and the Minister of Finance Budget and National Planning Zainab Ahmed Others include the National Security Adviser NSA retired Maj Gen Babagana Monguno and the Director General National Intelligence Agency NIA Amb Ahmed Rufai Abubakar Buhari is expected back in Abuja on Thursday Edited by Muhammad Suleiman Tola
Buhari attends UK-Africa investment summit in London

President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari will depart Abuja on Friday for London to participate in the inaugural UK-Africa Investment Summit holding on Jan. 20.

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Femi Adesina

Mr Femi Adesina, the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, in a statement in Abuja on Thursday, said the event would be hosted by the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson.

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United Kingdom

According to the organisers, the event is expected to bring together African leaders, international business chief executives and heads of international organisations “to create new partnerships that will deliver more investments and jobs” to the benefit of people and businesses in African countries and the United Kingdom.

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UK-Africa Partnership for Prosperity

”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.

African Continental Free Trade Area

”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.

Nigeria-United Kingdom

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

Federal Government

He further disclosed that the Nigerian delegation to the investment meeting will showcase what the Federal Government had done through policies and legislations to improve the investment and business climate in the country.

United Kingdom

While in the United Kingdom, according to the presidential aide, Buhari will meet with the Head of the Commonwealth, Prince Charles in Glasgow, Scotland.

Prime Minister Johnson

”The President and his delegation will also have bilateral meetings with Prime Minister Johnson as well as heads of multilateral organisations,” he added.

Governors Yahaya Bello

He said the president would be accompanied to the Summit by Governors Yahaya Bello, Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya and Okezie Ikpeazu of Kogi, Gombe and Abia States, respectively.

Minister of Foreign Affairs

Also on the presidential entourage are the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Niyi Adebayo, and the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed.

National Security Adviser

Others include the National Security Adviser (NSA), retired Maj-Gen. Babagana Monguno, and the Director General, National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Amb. Ahmed Rufai Abubakar.

Buhari is expected back in Abuja on Thursday.



Edited by: Muhammad Suleiman Tola

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