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  •  The African Development Bank AfDB has called for increased financing to reduce the effects of climate change and food insecurity in Africa AfDB President Dr Akinwumi Adesina made the call when he led a delegation from the bank to the just concluded 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly UNGA in New York A statement issued by the bank s Communication and External Relations Department on Monday in Abuja said Adesina played an active part in discussions leading to an international declaration to end malnutrition and stunting The statement said climate change was a recurring theme in many of the bank s discussions especially the need for urgent financing for the countries most at risk Speaking at the second ministerial meeting on climate and development the AfDB president joined U S Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry and other participants They joined in urging developed countries to deliver on the pledges they made at COP26 in Glasgow under the 2015 Paris Agreement Adesina echoed the call for urgent action and warned that Africa was suffering The statement quoted Adesina as saying Africa is choking and is in serious financial distress for what it did not cause There must be a greater sense of urgency not in talking but in doing and delivering resources that the continent needs very desperately The AfDB president also called for a restructuring of African economies to be productive with education infrastructure and energy Accordingn to him it is to make sure we have productive sectors that can use people s skills and absorb that into the economy Kerry said we are late we must act I m fed up with saying the same thing too many times in the same meetings Business as usual is the collective enemy Its time for action The general assembly however allowed the bank group to demonstrate particular leadership in efforts to end hunger nutrition and stunting across Africa The bank group also joined the Global Leadership Council in a new initiative to scale up clean reliable energy and address global warming The council comprised global leaders including the AfDB president the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Patricia Espinosa and UN Development Programme Administrator Achim Steiner It also comprised the European Investment Bank President Werner Hoyer Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr and the President of the Rockefeller Foundation Dr Rajiv Shah The council is expected to focus on efforts to break down barriers to just energy transitions in developing countries Under the Presidential Dialogue Group on Nutrition the AfDB president joined African presidents to sign a landmark commitment to stop childhood stunting The group is an initiative of the AfDB s African Leaders for Nutrition platform the Ethiopian government and Big Win a philanthropic organisation The platform also includes the leaders of the Democratic Republic of the Congo Madagascar Malawi Mozambique Niger Senegal Tanzania and Uganda among its members Furthermore the bank s African Emergency Food Production Facility featured prominently at the Global Food Security Summit Senegal s President Mr Macky Sall Chair of the African Union commended the bank for its swift inauguration of the 1 5 billion dollar facility to avert a looming food crisis Adesina also held bilateral meetings with Kenya s President William Ruto0 American billionaire and philanthropist Michael Bloomberg and former U S President Bill Clinton and former U S Senator Hillary Clinton He also met with Anne Beathe Tvinnereim Norway s Minister for International Development who is also the AfDB s governor Ahead of the Global Citizen Festival they both discussed efforts to end hunger Norway is supporting the African Emergency Food Production Facility The statement said that UN Secretary General Ant nio Guterres urged governments across the world to quickly invest in quality job creation and the provision of social protection for those without coverage Guterres told leaders to focus on concrete solutions to implement the initiative He also warned the path of inaction leads to economic collapse and climate catastrophe widening inequalities and escalating social unrest This could leave billions trapped in vicious circles of poverty and destitution The session was also addressed by various leaders from around the world These included AfDB president Malawi s President Lazarus Chakwera Uganda s Vice President Jessica Alupo and Egypt s Minister for Planning and Economic Development Hala El Said The statement said that UNGA 77 brought together world leaders civil society activists private sector players and young people from around the world The theme of the general assembly was A watershed moment transformative solutions to interlocking challenges NewsSourceCredit NAN
    AfDB urges increased financing to curb climate change, food insecurity
     The African Development Bank AfDB has called for increased financing to reduce the effects of climate change and food insecurity in Africa AfDB President Dr Akinwumi Adesina made the call when he led a delegation from the bank to the just concluded 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly UNGA in New York A statement issued by the bank s Communication and External Relations Department on Monday in Abuja said Adesina played an active part in discussions leading to an international declaration to end malnutrition and stunting The statement said climate change was a recurring theme in many of the bank s discussions especially the need for urgent financing for the countries most at risk Speaking at the second ministerial meeting on climate and development the AfDB president joined U S Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry and other participants They joined in urging developed countries to deliver on the pledges they made at COP26 in Glasgow under the 2015 Paris Agreement Adesina echoed the call for urgent action and warned that Africa was suffering The statement quoted Adesina as saying Africa is choking and is in serious financial distress for what it did not cause There must be a greater sense of urgency not in talking but in doing and delivering resources that the continent needs very desperately The AfDB president also called for a restructuring of African economies to be productive with education infrastructure and energy Accordingn to him it is to make sure we have productive sectors that can use people s skills and absorb that into the economy Kerry said we are late we must act I m fed up with saying the same thing too many times in the same meetings Business as usual is the collective enemy Its time for action The general assembly however allowed the bank group to demonstrate particular leadership in efforts to end hunger nutrition and stunting across Africa The bank group also joined the Global Leadership Council in a new initiative to scale up clean reliable energy and address global warming The council comprised global leaders including the AfDB president the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Patricia Espinosa and UN Development Programme Administrator Achim Steiner It also comprised the European Investment Bank President Werner Hoyer Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr and the President of the Rockefeller Foundation Dr Rajiv Shah The council is expected to focus on efforts to break down barriers to just energy transitions in developing countries Under the Presidential Dialogue Group on Nutrition the AfDB president joined African presidents to sign a landmark commitment to stop childhood stunting The group is an initiative of the AfDB s African Leaders for Nutrition platform the Ethiopian government and Big Win a philanthropic organisation The platform also includes the leaders of the Democratic Republic of the Congo Madagascar Malawi Mozambique Niger Senegal Tanzania and Uganda among its members Furthermore the bank s African Emergency Food Production Facility featured prominently at the Global Food Security Summit Senegal s President Mr Macky Sall Chair of the African Union commended the bank for its swift inauguration of the 1 5 billion dollar facility to avert a looming food crisis Adesina also held bilateral meetings with Kenya s President William Ruto0 American billionaire and philanthropist Michael Bloomberg and former U S President Bill Clinton and former U S Senator Hillary Clinton He also met with Anne Beathe Tvinnereim Norway s Minister for International Development who is also the AfDB s governor Ahead of the Global Citizen Festival they both discussed efforts to end hunger Norway is supporting the African Emergency Food Production Facility The statement said that UN Secretary General Ant nio Guterres urged governments across the world to quickly invest in quality job creation and the provision of social protection for those without coverage Guterres told leaders to focus on concrete solutions to implement the initiative He also warned the path of inaction leads to economic collapse and climate catastrophe widening inequalities and escalating social unrest This could leave billions trapped in vicious circles of poverty and destitution The session was also addressed by various leaders from around the world These included AfDB president Malawi s President Lazarus Chakwera Uganda s Vice President Jessica Alupo and Egypt s Minister for Planning and Economic Development Hala El Said The statement said that UNGA 77 brought together world leaders civil society activists private sector players and young people from around the world The theme of the general assembly was A watershed moment transformative solutions to interlocking challenges NewsSourceCredit NAN
    AfDB urges increased financing to curb climate change, food insecurity
    Economy12 hours ago

    AfDB urges increased financing to curb climate change, food insecurity

    The African Development Bank (AfDB), has called for increased financing to reduce the effects of climate change and food insecurity in Africa.

    AfDB President, Dr Akinwumi Adesina made the call when he led a delegation from the bank to the just concluded 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York. A statement issued by the bank’s Communication and External Relations Department on Monday in Abuja, said Adesina played an active part in discussions leading to an international declaration to end malnutrition and stunting.

    The statement said climate change was a recurring theme in many of the bank’s discussions, especially the need for urgent financing for the countries most at risk.

    Speaking at the second ministerial meeting on climate and development, the AfDB president joined U.

    S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, John Kerry and other participants.

    “They joined in urging developed countries to deliver on the pledges they made at COP26 in Glasgow under the 2015 Paris Agreement.

    “Adesina echoed the call for urgent action and warned that Africa was suffering.

    ” The statement quoted Adesina as saying “Africa is choking, and is in serious financial distress for what it did not cause.

    “There must be a greater sense of urgency, not in talking, but in doing and delivering resources that the continent needs very desperately.

    ” The AfDB president also called for a restructuring of African economies to be productive with education, infrastructure, and energy.

    Accordingn to him, it is to make sure we have productive sectors that can use people’s skills and absorb that into the economy.

    Kerry said, “we are late.

    we must act.

    I’m fed up with saying the same thing too many times in the same meetings.

    Business as usual is the collective enemy.

    Its time for action.

    ” The general assembly, however, allowed the bank group to demonstrate particular leadership in efforts to end hunger, nutrition, and stunting across Africa.

    The bank group also joined the Global Leadership Council in a new initiative to scale up clean, reliable energy and address global warming.

    The council comprised global leaders, including the AfDB president, the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Patricia Espinosa, and UN Development Programme Administrator, Achim Steiner.

    It also comprised the European Investment Bank President Werner Hoyer; Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr, and the President of the Rockefeller Foundation, Dr Rajiv Shah. The council is expected to focus on efforts to break down barriers to just energy transitions in developing countries.

    Under the Presidential Dialogue Group on Nutrition, the AfDB president joined African presidents to sign a landmark commitment to stop childhood stunting.

    The group is an initiative of the AfDB’s African Leaders for Nutrition platform, the Ethiopian government, and Big Win, a philanthropic organisation. 

    The platform also includes the leaders of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Niger, Senegal, Tanzania, and Uganda among its members.

    Furthermore, the bank’s African Emergency Food Production Facility featured prominently at the Global Food Security Summit. 

    Senegal’s President, Mr Macky Sall, Chair of the African Union, commended the bank for its swift inauguration of the 1.5 billion-dollar facility to avert a looming food crisis. 

    Adesina also held bilateral meetings with Kenya’s President, William Ruto0, American billionaire and philanthropist, Michael Bloomberg, and former U.

    S. President, Bill Clinton and former U.

    S. Senator,  Hillary Clinton.

    He also met with Anne Beathe Tvinnereim, Norway’s Minister for International Development, who is also the AfDB’s governor.

    Ahead of the Global Citizen Festival, they both discussed efforts to end hunger.

    Norway is supporting the African Emergency Food Production Facility.

    The statement said that UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, urged governments across the world to quickly invest in quality job creation and the provision of social protection for those without coverage.

    Guterres told leaders to focus on concrete solutions to implement the initiative.

    He also warned “the path of inaction leads to economic collapse and climate catastrophe, widening inequalities and escalating social unrest. 

    “This could leave billions trapped in vicious circles of poverty and destitution.

    ” The session was also addressed by various leaders from around the world.

    These included AfDB president, Malawi’s President, Lazarus Chakwera, Uganda’s Vice President, Jessica Alupo, and Egypt’s Minister for Planning and Economic Development, Hala El-Said. The statement said that UNGA 77 brought together world leaders, civil society activists, private sector players, and young people from around the world.

    The theme of the general assembly was, “A watershed moment: transformative solutions to interlocking challenges”.  


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  •  Sen Umaru Al Makura APC Nasarawa South said on Monday that the APC led Federal Government recorded tremendous achievements in infrastructure and human capital development in the past seven years Al Makura told the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja that the achievements of APC in the last seven years were empirical and obvious for any one to see The lawmaker also said the the party had demonstrated commitment to promoting national cohesion concern for the downtown and the vulnerable in terms of creating platforms for the change of their conditions We have achieved major infrastructure development that had been attempted in the past and failed but with the coming of the APC administration we have been able to do that Few examples can suffice look at the second Niger Bridge look at how the airports are taking a new look and become more sophisticated Look at the number of airports that President Muhammadu Buhari led Federal Government is taking ownership from the Governments of Yobe Nasarawa and recently Gombe These are all value addition to the system While we were growing the most important mode of transportation that was safe cost effective was railway but before our eyes it collapsed completely And it took a vision of APC administration to resuscitate and reconnect those moribund railway lines The former two term governor of Nasarawa State also said that Nigeria s representation in the International Community under APC administration had enhanced tremendously We have the Chairman of the United Nations General Assembly UNGA a Nigerian Prof Tijjani Mohammed Bande During APC administration we have Dr Okonjo Iweala as the Director General of World Trade Organisation and Amina Mohammed as Deputy Secretary General of the UN These are just the few that come to mind but a lot of them in human capital development in the expansion and promotion of Nigeria s identity I think the APC administration has paid its dues yes we have our challenges like any other government in the world even the United States of America Germany and France that have excelled and are in the first world have their own challenges So when we are assessing the country let s put everything together not to just isolate those challenges facing the administration I think APC can be given a very robust pass mark for the efforts it has done On the nine years of APC formation Al Makura said it was a moment of celebration for all the founding fathers and members of the party It s time we beat the drums blow the trumpets and shout on rooftop that we have made it Something that was like an experiment has endured for nine years When we were consummating the merger of legacies parties the doubting Thomases of this country never believed it was going to work but at last in 2013 in spite of everything APC is the party to beat I nearly lost my office as the governor of Nasarawa State then because of the merger nor sooner had we started the process of the merger than the Nasarawa State House of Assembly to which I had only four members from the defunct Congress for Progressive Change CPC out of 24 initiated the process of impeachment They took it the whole hug but as God will have it the allegations were false and the panel dismissed the case NewsSourceCredit NAN
    APC administration deserves pass mark on infrastructure, human capital development – Al-Makura
     Sen Umaru Al Makura APC Nasarawa South said on Monday that the APC led Federal Government recorded tremendous achievements in infrastructure and human capital development in the past seven years Al Makura told the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja that the achievements of APC in the last seven years were empirical and obvious for any one to see The lawmaker also said the the party had demonstrated commitment to promoting national cohesion concern for the downtown and the vulnerable in terms of creating platforms for the change of their conditions We have achieved major infrastructure development that had been attempted in the past and failed but with the coming of the APC administration we have been able to do that Few examples can suffice look at the second Niger Bridge look at how the airports are taking a new look and become more sophisticated Look at the number of airports that President Muhammadu Buhari led Federal Government is taking ownership from the Governments of Yobe Nasarawa and recently Gombe These are all value addition to the system While we were growing the most important mode of transportation that was safe cost effective was railway but before our eyes it collapsed completely And it took a vision of APC administration to resuscitate and reconnect those moribund railway lines The former two term governor of Nasarawa State also said that Nigeria s representation in the International Community under APC administration had enhanced tremendously We have the Chairman of the United Nations General Assembly UNGA a Nigerian Prof Tijjani Mohammed Bande During APC administration we have Dr Okonjo Iweala as the Director General of World Trade Organisation and Amina Mohammed as Deputy Secretary General of the UN These are just the few that come to mind but a lot of them in human capital development in the expansion and promotion of Nigeria s identity I think the APC administration has paid its dues yes we have our challenges like any other government in the world even the United States of America Germany and France that have excelled and are in the first world have their own challenges So when we are assessing the country let s put everything together not to just isolate those challenges facing the administration I think APC can be given a very robust pass mark for the efforts it has done On the nine years of APC formation Al Makura said it was a moment of celebration for all the founding fathers and members of the party It s time we beat the drums blow the trumpets and shout on rooftop that we have made it Something that was like an experiment has endured for nine years When we were consummating the merger of legacies parties the doubting Thomases of this country never believed it was going to work but at last in 2013 in spite of everything APC is the party to beat I nearly lost my office as the governor of Nasarawa State then because of the merger nor sooner had we started the process of the merger than the Nasarawa State House of Assembly to which I had only four members from the defunct Congress for Progressive Change CPC out of 24 initiated the process of impeachment They took it the whole hug but as God will have it the allegations were false and the panel dismissed the case NewsSourceCredit NAN
    APC administration deserves pass mark on infrastructure, human capital development – Al-Makura
    General news16 hours ago

    APC administration deserves pass mark on infrastructure, human capital development – Al-Makura

    Sen. Umaru Al-Makura (APC-Nasarawa South), said on Monday that the APC- led Federal Government recorded tremendous achievements in infrastructure and human capital development in the past seven years.

    Al-Makura told the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja, that the achievements of APC in the last seven years were empirical and obvious for any one to see.

    The lawmaker also said the the party had demonstrated commitment to promoting national cohesion, concern for the downtown and the vulnerable in terms of creating platforms for the change of their conditions.

    ” We have achieved major infrastructure development that had been attempted in the past and failed but with the coming of the APC administration, we have been able to do that.

    ” Few examples can suffice; look at the second Niger Bridge, look at how the airports are taking a new look and become more sophisticated.

    ” Look at the number of airports that President Muhammadu Buhari led Federal Government is taking ownership from the Governments of Yobe, Nasarawa and recently Gombe.

    ” These are all value addition to the system.

    While we were growing the most important mode of transportation that was safe, cost effective was railway but before our eyes it collapsed completely.

    ” And it took a vision of APC administration to resuscitate and reconnect those moribund railway lines.

    ” The former two-term governor of Nasarawa State, also said that Nigeria’s representation in the International Community under APC administration had enhanced tremendously.

    ” We have the Chairman of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), a Nigerian, Prof. Tijjani Mohammed-Bande.

    “During APC administration, we have Dr Okonjo-Iweala as the Director-General of World Trade Organisation and Amina Mohammed as Deputy Secretary General of the UN.

    ” These are just the few that come to mind but a lot of them in human capital development in the expansion and promotion of Nigeria’s identity.

    ” I think the APC administration has paid its dues, yes we have our challenges like any other government in the world, even the United States of America, Germany and France that have excelled and are in the first world, have their own challenges.

    ” So when we are assessing the country, let’s put everything together not to just isolate those challenges facing the administration.

    I think APC can be given a very robust pass mark for the efforts it has done.

    ” On the nine years of APC formation, Al-Makura said it was a moment of celebration for all the founding fathers and members of the party.

    ” It’s time we beat the drums, blow the trumpets and shout on rooftop that we have made it.

    Something that was like an experiment has endured for nine years.

    ” When we were consummating the merger of legacies parties, the doubting Thomases of this country never believed it was going to work but at last in 2013 in spite of everything, APC is the party to beat.

    ” I nearly lost my office as the governor of Nasarawa State then, because of the merger, nor sooner had we started the process of the merger than the Nasarawa State House of Assembly to which I had only four members from the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) out of 24, initiated the process of impeachment.

    ” They took it the whole hug but as God will have it, the allegations were false and the panel dismissed the case.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   The African Development Bank www AfDB org had several productive engagements around its strategic priorities at the recently concluded 77th United Nations General Assembly UNGA meetings in New York Highlights of the meeting included an urgent call for increased financing to mitigate the effects of climate change and food insecurity The President of the African Development Bank Group Dr Akinwumi Adesina led the bank s delegation to the meetings and played an active role in the discussions that led to an international declaration to end malnutrition and stunting The bank s commitments reflect its strategic priorities as the African countries it supports grapple with the lingering impacts of the Covid 19 pandemic as well as war related food and fuel price increases of Russia in Ukraine and climate change Climate change was a recurring theme in many of the bank s UNGA discussions especially the need for urgent financing for countries most at risk from climate change Climate change has taken on added urgency with the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference COP27 taking place in Sharm El Sheik Egypt in less than two months COP 27 or the African COP as it is called presents an unprecedented opportunity for a unified African voice to demand that the global community go beyond words and take concrete action on financing for climate adaptation and mitigation Speaking at the second ministerial meeting on climate and development Adesina joined US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry and other participants in urging developed countries to keep the promises they made at COP26 in Glasgow last year and under the 2015 Paris Agreement John Kerry s words were unequivocal We are late we must act I m sick of saying the same thing too many times in the same meetings Business as usual is the collective enemy It is time to act he said at the meeting Adesina echoed this call for urgent action He warned Africa is suffering Africa is suffocating and in serious financial trouble for what it did not cause There needs to be a greater sense of urgency not in talking but in making and delivering the resources that the continent desperately needs Click here https bit ly 3Ehj9IJ to watch and listen to Adesina s remarks The African Development Bank Group has joined the Global Leadership Council on a new initiative to increase clean and reliable energy and tackle global warming The Global Leadership Council is made up of world leaders including the head of the African Development Bank the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Patricia Espinosa United Nations Development Program Administrator Achim Steiner European Investment Bank President Werner Hoyer Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr and Rockefeller Foundation President Dr Rajiv J Shah co chair of the council As a first step the Council will focus on efforts to break down barriers to just energy transitions in developing countries While developing countries are currently responsible for just 25 of global CO2 emissions this share could grow to 75 by 2050 according to analysis published by the Alliance Developing countries currently receive only a fraction of the financing to develop clean energy despite representing almost half of the world s population The General Assembly allowed the African Development Bank Group to show particular leadership in efforts to end hunger nutrition and stunting in Africa Under the Presidential Dialogue Group on Nutrition inspired by the African Union s designation of 2022 as the Year of Nutrition the head of the African Development Bank Group joined African presidents in signing a historic commitment to stop child growth retardation According to the Global Nutrition Report considered the most comprehensive report on the state of nutrition worldwide more than 30 of children in Africa are stunted The Dialogue Group is an initiative of the African Leaders for Nutrition platform of the African Development Bank the Government of Ethiopia and Big Win a philanthropic organization In addition to Ethiopia the platform counts among its members the leaders of the Democratic Republic of the Congo Madagascar Malawi Mozambique Niger Senegal Tanzania and Uganda The African Development Bank s African Emergency Food Production Fund featured prominently at the World Summit on Food Security Senegalese President Macky Sall chairman of the African Union praised the bank for quickly launching the 1 5 billion line to avert a looming food crisis The program is facilitating the production of 38 million tons of food This represents a 12 billion increase in production in just two years In support of the African Development Bank Group s Jobs for Youth in Africa program to create 25 million jobs by 2025 and related initiatives the President of the Bank participated in a high level session to discuss the Global Accelerator on Jobs and Social Protection for Just Transitions https bit ly 3SVfKTX initiative Speaking at the session UN Secretary General Ant nio Guterres urged governments around the world to invest quickly in creating quality jobs and providing social protection for the uninsured He told leaders to focus on concrete solutions to implement the initiative warning that the path of inaction leads to economic collapse and climate catastrophe widening inequalities and increasing social unrest This could leave billions trapped in vicious cycles of poverty and destitution The session was also addressed by several leaders from around the world including African Development Bank President Dr Akinwumi Adesina Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera Ugandan Vice President Jessica Alupo and the Minister of Planning and Economic Development of Egypt Hala El Said African Development Bank President Dr Akinwumi Adesina said We have to restructure our economies to be productive with education infrastructure energy and make sure we have productive sectors that can use people s skills and absorb them into the economy On the sidelines of the General Assembly Adesina also led a bank delegation to the World Health Organization WHO meetings The two organizations agreed to work together on quality healthcare infrastructure vaccines essential drugs nutrition and the African Pharmaceutical Technology Foundation WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus congratulated the African Development Bank for creating the Africa Pharmaceutical Technology Foundation which he said could help shape the market for pharmaceuticals Adesina also held bilateral meetings with the new president of Kenya William Ruto the American billionaire and philanthropist Michael Bloomberg and former US President Bill Clinton and former US Senator Hillary Clinton The president also met with Anne Beatthe Tvinnereim Norway s minister for international development who is also governor of the African Development Bank Before the Global Citizen Festival they discussed efforts to end hunger Norway is supporting the African Emergency Food Production Fund UNGA 77 brought together world leaders civil society activists private sector actors and youth from around the world for two weeks of in person dialogue in New York City under the theme A Watershed Moment Transformative Solutions to Intertwined Challenges
    The 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly highlights the key priorities of the African Development Bank: climate finance, job creation and food insecurity
      The African Development Bank www AfDB org had several productive engagements around its strategic priorities at the recently concluded 77th United Nations General Assembly UNGA meetings in New York Highlights of the meeting included an urgent call for increased financing to mitigate the effects of climate change and food insecurity The President of the African Development Bank Group Dr Akinwumi Adesina led the bank s delegation to the meetings and played an active role in the discussions that led to an international declaration to end malnutrition and stunting The bank s commitments reflect its strategic priorities as the African countries it supports grapple with the lingering impacts of the Covid 19 pandemic as well as war related food and fuel price increases of Russia in Ukraine and climate change Climate change was a recurring theme in many of the bank s UNGA discussions especially the need for urgent financing for countries most at risk from climate change Climate change has taken on added urgency with the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference COP27 taking place in Sharm El Sheik Egypt in less than two months COP 27 or the African COP as it is called presents an unprecedented opportunity for a unified African voice to demand that the global community go beyond words and take concrete action on financing for climate adaptation and mitigation Speaking at the second ministerial meeting on climate and development Adesina joined US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry and other participants in urging developed countries to keep the promises they made at COP26 in Glasgow last year and under the 2015 Paris Agreement John Kerry s words were unequivocal We are late we must act I m sick of saying the same thing too many times in the same meetings Business as usual is the collective enemy It is time to act he said at the meeting Adesina echoed this call for urgent action He warned Africa is suffering Africa is suffocating and in serious financial trouble for what it did not cause There needs to be a greater sense of urgency not in talking but in making and delivering the resources that the continent desperately needs Click here https bit ly 3Ehj9IJ to watch and listen to Adesina s remarks The African Development Bank Group has joined the Global Leadership Council on a new initiative to increase clean and reliable energy and tackle global warming The Global Leadership Council is made up of world leaders including the head of the African Development Bank the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Patricia Espinosa United Nations Development Program Administrator Achim Steiner European Investment Bank President Werner Hoyer Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr and Rockefeller Foundation President Dr Rajiv J Shah co chair of the council As a first step the Council will focus on efforts to break down barriers to just energy transitions in developing countries While developing countries are currently responsible for just 25 of global CO2 emissions this share could grow to 75 by 2050 according to analysis published by the Alliance Developing countries currently receive only a fraction of the financing to develop clean energy despite representing almost half of the world s population The General Assembly allowed the African Development Bank Group to show particular leadership in efforts to end hunger nutrition and stunting in Africa Under the Presidential Dialogue Group on Nutrition inspired by the African Union s designation of 2022 as the Year of Nutrition the head of the African Development Bank Group joined African presidents in signing a historic commitment to stop child growth retardation According to the Global Nutrition Report considered the most comprehensive report on the state of nutrition worldwide more than 30 of children in Africa are stunted The Dialogue Group is an initiative of the African Leaders for Nutrition platform of the African Development Bank the Government of Ethiopia and Big Win a philanthropic organization In addition to Ethiopia the platform counts among its members the leaders of the Democratic Republic of the Congo Madagascar Malawi Mozambique Niger Senegal Tanzania and Uganda The African Development Bank s African Emergency Food Production Fund featured prominently at the World Summit on Food Security Senegalese President Macky Sall chairman of the African Union praised the bank for quickly launching the 1 5 billion line to avert a looming food crisis The program is facilitating the production of 38 million tons of food This represents a 12 billion increase in production in just two years In support of the African Development Bank Group s Jobs for Youth in Africa program to create 25 million jobs by 2025 and related initiatives the President of the Bank participated in a high level session to discuss the Global Accelerator on Jobs and Social Protection for Just Transitions https bit ly 3SVfKTX initiative Speaking at the session UN Secretary General Ant nio Guterres urged governments around the world to invest quickly in creating quality jobs and providing social protection for the uninsured He told leaders to focus on concrete solutions to implement the initiative warning that the path of inaction leads to economic collapse and climate catastrophe widening inequalities and increasing social unrest This could leave billions trapped in vicious cycles of poverty and destitution The session was also addressed by several leaders from around the world including African Development Bank President Dr Akinwumi Adesina Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera Ugandan Vice President Jessica Alupo and the Minister of Planning and Economic Development of Egypt Hala El Said African Development Bank President Dr Akinwumi Adesina said We have to restructure our economies to be productive with education infrastructure energy and make sure we have productive sectors that can use people s skills and absorb them into the economy On the sidelines of the General Assembly Adesina also led a bank delegation to the World Health Organization WHO meetings The two organizations agreed to work together on quality healthcare infrastructure vaccines essential drugs nutrition and the African Pharmaceutical Technology Foundation WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus congratulated the African Development Bank for creating the Africa Pharmaceutical Technology Foundation which he said could help shape the market for pharmaceuticals Adesina also held bilateral meetings with the new president of Kenya William Ruto the American billionaire and philanthropist Michael Bloomberg and former US President Bill Clinton and former US Senator Hillary Clinton The president also met with Anne Beatthe Tvinnereim Norway s minister for international development who is also governor of the African Development Bank Before the Global Citizen Festival they discussed efforts to end hunger Norway is supporting the African Emergency Food Production Fund UNGA 77 brought together world leaders civil society activists private sector actors and youth from around the world for two weeks of in person dialogue in New York City under the theme A Watershed Moment Transformative Solutions to Intertwined Challenges
    The 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly highlights the key priorities of the African Development Bank: climate finance, job creation and food insecurity
    Africa16 hours ago

    The 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly highlights the key priorities of the African Development Bank: climate finance, job creation and food insecurity

    The African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) had several productive engagements around its strategic priorities at the recently concluded 77th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) meetings in New York. Highlights of the meeting included an urgent call for increased financing to mitigate the effects of climate change and food insecurity.

    The President of the African Development Bank Group, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, led the bank's delegation to the meetings and played an active role in the discussions that led to an international declaration to end malnutrition and stunting.

    The bank's commitments reflect its strategic priorities as the African countries it supports grapple with the lingering impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as war-related food and fuel price increases.

    of Russia in Ukraine and climate change.

    Climate change was a recurring theme in many of the bank's UNGA discussions, especially the need for urgent financing for countries most at risk from climate change.

    Climate change has taken on added urgency with the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) taking place in Sharm El-Sheik, Egypt, in less than two months.

    COP 27, or “the African COP” as it is called, presents an unprecedented opportunity for a unified African voice to demand that the global community go beyond words and take concrete action on financing for climate adaptation and mitigation.

    .

    Speaking at the second ministerial meeting on climate and development, Adesina joined US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry and other participants in urging developed countries to keep the promises they made at COP26 in Glasgow.

    last year, and under the 2015 Paris Agreement.

    John Kerry's words were unequivocal: “We are late.

    we must act I'm sick of saying the same thing too many times in the same meetings.

    Business as usual is the collective enemy.

    It is time to act,” he said at the meeting.

    Adesina echoed this call for urgent action.

    He warned: “Africa is suffering, Africa is suffocating and in serious financial trouble for what it did not cause.

    There needs to be a greater sense of urgency, not in talking, but in making and delivering the resources that the continent desperately needs.” Click here (https://bit.ly/3Ehj9IJ) to watch and listen to Adesina's remarks.

    The African Development Bank Group has joined the Global Leadership Council on a new initiative to increase clean and reliable energy and tackle global warming.

    The Global Leadership Council is made up of world leaders, including the head of the African Development Bank, the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Patricia Espinosa; United Nations Development Program Administrator Achim Steiner; European Investment Bank. President Werner Hoyer; Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr; and Rockefeller Foundation President Dr. Rajiv J.

    Shah, co-chair of the council.

    As a first step, the Council will focus on efforts to break down barriers to just energy transitions in developing countries.

    While developing countries are currently responsible for just 25% of global CO2 emissions, this share could grow to 75% by 2050, according to analysis published by the Alliance.

    Developing countries currently receive only a fraction of the financing to develop clean energy, despite representing almost half of the world's population.

    The General Assembly allowed the African Development Bank Group to show particular leadership in efforts to end hunger, nutrition and stunting in Africa.

    Under the Presidential Dialogue Group on Nutrition, inspired by the African Union's designation of 2022 as the "Year of Nutrition," the head of the African Development Bank Group joined African presidents in signing a historic commitment to stop child growth retardation.

    According to the Global Nutrition Report, considered the most comprehensive report on the state of nutrition worldwide, more than 30% of children in Africa are stunted.

    The Dialogue Group is an initiative of the African Leaders for Nutrition platform of the African Development Bank, the Government of Ethiopia and Big Win, a philanthropic organization.

    In addition to Ethiopia, the platform counts among its members the leaders of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Niger, Senegal, Tanzania and Uganda.

    The African Development Bank's African Emergency Food Production Fund featured prominently at the World Summit on Food Security.

    Senegalese President Macky Sall, chairman of the African Union, praised the bank for quickly launching the $1.5 billion line to avert a looming food crisis.

    The program is facilitating the production of 38 million tons of food.

    This represents a $12 billion increase in production in just two years.

    In support of the African Development Bank Group's Jobs for Youth in Africa program to create 25 million jobs by 2025 and related initiatives, the President of the Bank participated in a high-level session to discuss the Global Accelerator on Jobs and Social Protection for Just Transitions (https://bit.ly/3SVfKTX) initiative.

    Speaking at the session, UN Secretary-General António Guterres urged governments around the world to invest quickly in creating quality jobs and providing social protection for the uninsured.

    He told leaders to focus on concrete solutions to implement the initiative, warning that “the path of inaction leads to economic collapse and climate catastrophe, widening inequalities and increasing social unrest.

    This could leave billions trapped in vicious cycles of poverty and destitution.” The session was also addressed by several leaders from around the world, including African Development Bank President Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera, Ugandan Vice President Jessica Alupo, and the Minister of Planning and Economic Development of Egypt, Hala El-Said. African Development Bank President Dr. Akinwumi Adesina said: "We have to restructure our economies to be productive with education, infrastructure, energy and make sure we have productive sectors that can use people's skills and absorb them into the economy".

    On the sidelines of the General Assembly, Adesina also led a bank delegation to the World Health Organization (WHO) meetings.

    The two organizations agreed to work together on quality healthcare infrastructure, vaccines, essential drugs, nutrition and the African Pharmaceutical Technology Foundation.

    WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus congratulated the African Development Bank for creating the Africa Pharmaceutical Technology Foundation, which he said "could help shape the market for pharmaceuticals."

    Adesina also held bilateral meetings with the new president of Kenya, William Ruto; the American billionaire and philanthropist Michael Bloomberg; and former US President Bill Clinton and former US Senator Hillary Clinton.

    The president also met with Anne Beatthe Tvinnereim, Norway's minister for international development, who is also governor of the African Development Bank. Before the Global Citizen Festival, they discussed efforts to end hunger.

    Norway is supporting the African Emergency Food Production Fund. UNGA 77 brought together world leaders, civil society activists, private sector actors and youth from around the world for two weeks of in-person dialogue in New York City under the theme "A Watershed Moment: Transformative Solutions to Intertwined Challenges" .

  •   Assessing Nigeria s foreign policy evolution since independence Assessing Nigeria s foreign policy evolution since independence President Muhammad Buhari By Mark Longyen News Agency of Nigeria Analysts are of the view that since gaining political independence from Britain on Oct 1 1960 Nigeria s foreign policy has evolved under different past administrations with notable consistency of Africa as its centerpiece They note that since independence Nigeria s foreign policy has been conducted by successive governments in a manner that demonstrated varying distinctive priorities and style within a broad conceptual framework without a marked departure at any point from its Afro centric focus Many are of the view that the nation s foreign policy implementation its decision making and direction have by and large been deliberately anchored formulated tailored and predicated by its policy architects on the basis of the nation s overall national interest and Africa centeredness The predominant preoccupation of Nigeria s foreign policy in the immediate two post independence decades for instance they say was African solidarity the decolonisation of all African countries that were still under colonial rule and the war against Apartheid in South Africa among others In all of these Nigeria clearly demonstrated exemplary leadership in Africa and its status as the Giant of Africa by using multiple platforms of multilateral organisations of which she is a member to pursue her foreign policy aims goals and objectives with astonishing results While the Afrocentric focus forms the inner core of the nation s foreign policy experts are of consensus view that Nigeria s membership and involvement in global organisations constitutes the outer core of the nation s foreign policy focus To this end they say Nigeria played an active role in the formation in 1963 of the defunct Organisation of African Unity OAU now Africa Union AU and also in the formation of the sub regional economic bloc the Economic Community of West African States ECOWAS in 1975 which has its permanent headquarters in Abuja Nigeria s capital They also note that the outer core focus of Nigeria s foreign policy has over the past 62 years ensured that she pursued her national interests through her active involvement in the affairs of international organisations or playing key roles in their affairs Similarly upon becoming an independent nation state Nigeria joined the British Commonwealth of Nations the Non Aligned Movement NAM the United Nations UN and its multiple agencies globally where she played and is still playing key roles in their activities Nigeria has continued to pursue such foreign policy interests through her membership of and participation in global organisations like the UN the Commonwealth the defunct OAU now AU and the Economic Community of West African States ECOWAS with tremendous successes Prof W A Fawole a foreign policy analyst and professor of International Relations Obafemi Awolowo University Ile Ife while reinforcing the Afrocentric stance of Nigeria s foreign policy said that no significant change had taken place to warrant any school of thought that there has been a shift from Afrocentricism According to him 62 years since independence the conduct of Nigeria s foreign policy has been in such a manner that it continues to play a leading and stabilising role on the continent of Africa All in all Nigeria s Afrocentric bend remains President Buhari was made the continent s anti corruption leader because of the reputation he had sustained over the decades But what needs to be understood is that virtually all the issues that stood Nigeria out in the past that is opposition to apartheid decolonisation African unity etc have all been settled and now replaced with new ones Overall I think domestic circumstances like pervasive insecurity separatist agitations weakening economic capacity collapsing naira official corruption have combined to vitiate a dynamic foreign policy he said Prof Fawole however noted that Nigeria s recent showing at the African Union was less than stellar as it lost a high profile election to the most pivotal organ of the AU by putting forward the wrong candidate although it was later able to regain composure Corroborating Fawole s view Associate Prof Efem Ubi Director of Research Nigerian Institute of International Affairs NIIA noted that since independence to date Nigeria has continued to focus on its Africa centered foreign policy According to him when Buhari came to power over seven years ago he set out to once again take Nigeria s leading position in Africa He said that this was done with some form of successes even though minimal especially in the efforts towards stemming the scourge of terrorism and other forms of insecurity in Nigeria He said This is showcased in the role that Nigeria under Buhari and other ECOWAS member states played in upholding with sacrosanct democracy in Africa to resolve The Gambia s election crisis the coup crisis in Mali and other places etc President Buhari immediately on assumption of office visited different nations ranging from Nigeria s immediate neighbors the West African sub region and the continent at large to harness international concerted efforts towards mitigating the challenges of terrorism Buhari started well by getting the affected neighbouring countries Niger Republic Cameroon and Chad to put more efforts through the Multinational Joint Task Force MNJTF to tackle the problem and his approach initially yielded fruits The NIIA Director of Research described Nigeria s foreign policy under the current dispensation as a tripartite foreign policy posture which revolves around three thematic issues namely the fight against corruption insecurity and economic development He argued that Nigeria under the current administration has exceedingly upheld Nigeria s foreign policy tenets irrespective of the odds adding that Buhari did not after all inherit a rosy and healthy nation in 2015 On his part Dr Salami Olawale of the Department of History and Diplomatic Studies Olabisi Onabanjo University Ago Iwoye Ogun State however sees economic diplomacy which was popularised by the Babangida military regime in 1988 as the major lynchpin of Nigeria s foreign policy Olawale noted that in spite of the lofty intentions of economic diplomacy under the Babangida administration the global response to Nigeria s economic diplomacy was not as enthusiastic as the Nigerian government had envisaged He attributed the shortcomings of the administration s economic diplomacy to the inconsistent and incoherent domestic policies lack of infrastructural facilities and insincerity in government circles leading to massive corruption in high places In the face of these problems the attitude of foreign investors was not surprising as various global investors had to re design their strategies in the face of rampaging globalisation The new economic diplomacy was also expected to encourage Nigerian business groups to shop for partners and then invest more both at home and abroad but this was not to be as they preferred just like their friends in governments to own property in choice areas of western countries Even the state sponsored attempt through the Nigerian National Petroluem Corporation NNPC to shop around the world for petroleum related investment outlets did not produce significant results he said Olawale therefore concluded that the failure of the Nigerian state in all ramifications and the conspiracy and hostility of the international environment combined to frustrate the lofty ideas contained in Babangida s economic diplomacy He however said that for the Nigerian state to fully realise its great potentials for the benefit of the people the managers of the country should have a change of attitude and put Nigeria first in all respects The government at all levels and individuals should be fully involved in the fight against corruption which has become a malignant tumour in the medulla of an average Nigerian At the level of the economy the government should encourage the industrial class and not the merchant class to produce more goods at home as it is on their shoulders that the realisation of government s international economic objectives rest It is in search of relevance in the international environment and in the continuation of the actualisation of its Afrocentric policy that Nigeria leading other West African states ventured into the Liberian crisis to build peace and restore democratic governance he added Although it was in June 1988 that economic diplomacy was officially adopted as a major plank of Nigeria s foreign policy Nigeria s contemporary foreign policy under the Buhari administration also adopted it 30 years after Since 1960 successive Nigerian governments have demonstrated an appreciation of the linkage between the country s foreign policy and economic circumstances hence in the first 25 years after independence that is from 1960 to 1985 there were overlapping patterns or strands of strategies that emerged in the history of Nigeria s economic diplomacy In officially adopting economic diplomacy as a major plank in its foreign policy initiatives the Buhari administration unveiled the National Economic Diplomacy Initiative NEDI in 2018 which underscores the continuity and consistency in Nigeria s foreign policy Ubi is of the view that the economic diplomacy initiative of the Buhari administration emerged in response to the inherited daunting domestic socio economic challenges before the country He said NEDI was also designed to leverage on Nigeria s bilateral and multilateral trade engagements with other countries to accelerate domestic growth and development It was also informed by the need to realise the lofty targets of regional economic integration as embellished in the ideals of the African Continental Free Trade Area agreement AFCFTA Nigeria s signing of AFCFTA which is projected to become the world s second largest free trade area is a remarkable stride in Nigeria s contemporary foreign policy s economic diplomacy AFCFTA provides opportunities to exploit new frontiers and reach larger markets with Nigerian exports of manufactured goods and services The cornerstone of AFCFTA is the promotion of industrialization sustained growth and development in Africa It is projected to boost intra African trade stimulate investment and innovation foster structural transformation and improve food security AFCFTA is also projected to enhance economic growth and export diversification and rationalise the overlapping trade regimes of the main regional economic communities Nigeria has also signed a number of bilateral agreements and memoranda of understanding with some African and non African countries aimed at strengthening its relations with them and driving Foreign Direct Investment FDI to the country Nigeria s Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Geoffrey Onyeama summed up Nigeria s contemporary foreign policy when he spoke with journalists on the sidelines of the just concluded 77th Session of the UN General Assembly UNGA in New York According to the minister Nigeria is now highly respected and appreciated by the international community due to the repositioning of the country as a bastion of democracy by President Buhari in the past seven years We have been able to gain respect for Nigeria and secure Nigeria s place as an important partner and player at the multilateral level In seven years President Buhari has showcased Nigeria as a champion of good governance and an important partner in the African sub region and beyond We have been praised for the role we played in ensuring that democracy survived in The Gambia as well as in pushing for peace in the West African sub region We have been successful in areas such as getting through resolutions of the UN on illicit financial flows which we could not achieve for many years the minister said We have been seen as a champion for nuclear disarmament and a nuclear free world because we were very active in those areas During this period we have been at the forefront of actions to push for global justice and peace advocating justice for the oppressed in the world The centrepiece of the event for us was the national statement by the president which was very well received he said Onyeama explained that President Buhari touched on sensitive national regional and global issues when he addressed the UN General Assembly He disclosed that the country s delegation had a good mix of bilateral meetings with other countries as well as engaged with the private sector Analysts are therefore of the view that Nigeria s foreign policy as conducted by successive administrations since independence in 1960 has been consistently dominated by an enduring Afrocentric focus as well as the benefits of economic diplomacy to achieve the country s overall national interest s aims goals and objectives 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    Assessing Nigeria’s foreign policy evolution since independence
      Assessing Nigeria s foreign policy evolution since independence Assessing Nigeria s foreign policy evolution since independence President Muhammad Buhari By Mark Longyen News Agency of Nigeria Analysts are of the view that since gaining political independence from Britain on Oct 1 1960 Nigeria s foreign policy has evolved under different past administrations with notable consistency of Africa as its centerpiece They note that since independence Nigeria s foreign policy has been conducted by successive governments in a manner that demonstrated varying distinctive priorities and style within a broad conceptual framework without a marked departure at any point from its Afro centric focus Many are of the view that the nation s foreign policy implementation its decision making and direction have by and large been deliberately anchored formulated tailored and predicated by its policy architects on the basis of the nation s overall national interest and Africa centeredness The predominant preoccupation of Nigeria s foreign policy in the immediate two post independence decades for instance they say was African solidarity the decolonisation of all African countries that were still under colonial rule and the war against Apartheid in South Africa among others In all of these Nigeria clearly demonstrated exemplary leadership in Africa and its status as the Giant of Africa by using multiple platforms of multilateral organisations of which she is a member to pursue her foreign policy aims goals and objectives with astonishing results While the Afrocentric focus forms the inner core of the nation s foreign policy experts are of consensus view that Nigeria s membership and involvement in global organisations constitutes the outer core of the nation s foreign policy focus To this end they say Nigeria played an active role in the formation in 1963 of the defunct Organisation of African Unity OAU now Africa Union AU and also in the formation of the sub regional economic bloc the Economic Community of West African States ECOWAS in 1975 which has its permanent headquarters in Abuja Nigeria s capital They also note that the outer core focus of Nigeria s foreign policy has over the past 62 years ensured that she pursued her national interests through her active involvement in the affairs of international organisations or playing key roles in their affairs Similarly upon becoming an independent nation state Nigeria joined the British Commonwealth of Nations the Non Aligned Movement NAM the United Nations UN and its multiple agencies globally where she played and is still playing key roles in their activities Nigeria has continued to pursue such foreign policy interests through her membership of and participation in global organisations like the UN the Commonwealth the defunct OAU now AU and the Economic Community of West African States ECOWAS with tremendous successes Prof W A Fawole a foreign policy analyst and professor of International Relations Obafemi Awolowo University Ile Ife while reinforcing the Afrocentric stance of Nigeria s foreign policy said that no significant change had taken place to warrant any school of thought that there has been a shift from Afrocentricism According to him 62 years since independence the conduct of Nigeria s foreign policy has been in such a manner that it continues to play a leading and stabilising role on the continent of Africa All in all Nigeria s Afrocentric bend remains President Buhari was made the continent s anti corruption leader because of the reputation he had sustained over the decades But what needs to be understood is that virtually all the issues that stood Nigeria out in the past that is opposition to apartheid decolonisation African unity etc have all been settled and now replaced with new ones Overall I think domestic circumstances like pervasive insecurity separatist agitations weakening economic capacity collapsing naira official corruption have combined to vitiate a dynamic foreign policy he said Prof Fawole however noted that Nigeria s recent showing at the African Union was less than stellar as it lost a high profile election to the most pivotal organ of the AU by putting forward the wrong candidate although it was later able to regain composure Corroborating Fawole s view Associate Prof Efem Ubi Director of Research Nigerian Institute of International Affairs NIIA noted that since independence to date Nigeria has continued to focus on its Africa centered foreign policy According to him when Buhari came to power over seven years ago he set out to once again take Nigeria s leading position in Africa He said that this was done with some form of successes even though minimal especially in the efforts towards stemming the scourge of terrorism and other forms of insecurity in Nigeria He said This is showcased in the role that Nigeria under Buhari and other ECOWAS member states played in upholding with sacrosanct democracy in Africa to resolve The Gambia s election crisis the coup crisis in Mali and other places etc President Buhari immediately on assumption of office visited different nations ranging from Nigeria s immediate neighbors the West African sub region and the continent at large to harness international concerted efforts towards mitigating the challenges of terrorism Buhari started well by getting the affected neighbouring countries Niger Republic Cameroon and Chad to put more efforts through the Multinational Joint Task Force MNJTF to tackle the problem and his approach initially yielded fruits The NIIA Director of Research described Nigeria s foreign policy under the current dispensation as a tripartite foreign policy posture which revolves around three thematic issues namely the fight against corruption insecurity and economic development He argued that Nigeria under the current administration has exceedingly upheld Nigeria s foreign policy tenets irrespective of the odds adding that Buhari did not after all inherit a rosy and healthy nation in 2015 On his part Dr Salami Olawale of the Department of History and Diplomatic Studies Olabisi Onabanjo University Ago Iwoye Ogun State however sees economic diplomacy which was popularised by the Babangida military regime in 1988 as the major lynchpin of Nigeria s foreign policy Olawale noted that in spite of the lofty intentions of economic diplomacy under the Babangida administration the global response to Nigeria s economic diplomacy was not as enthusiastic as the Nigerian government had envisaged He attributed the shortcomings of the administration s economic diplomacy to the inconsistent and incoherent domestic policies lack of infrastructural facilities and insincerity in government circles leading to massive corruption in high places In the face of these problems the attitude of foreign investors was not surprising as various global investors had to re design their strategies in the face of rampaging globalisation The new economic diplomacy was also expected to encourage Nigerian business groups to shop for partners and then invest more both at home and abroad but this was not to be as they preferred just like their friends in governments to own property in choice areas of western countries Even the state sponsored attempt through the Nigerian National Petroluem Corporation NNPC to shop around the world for petroleum related investment outlets did not produce significant results he said Olawale therefore concluded that the failure of the Nigerian state in all ramifications and the conspiracy and hostility of the international environment combined to frustrate the lofty ideas contained in Babangida s economic diplomacy He however said that for the Nigerian state to fully realise its great potentials for the benefit of the people the managers of the country should have a change of attitude and put Nigeria first in all respects The government at all levels and individuals should be fully involved in the fight against corruption which has become a malignant tumour in the medulla of an average Nigerian At the level of the economy the government should encourage the industrial class and not the merchant class to produce more goods at home as it is on their shoulders that the realisation of government s international economic objectives rest It is in search of relevance in the international environment and in the continuation of the actualisation of its Afrocentric policy that Nigeria leading other West African states ventured into the Liberian crisis to build peace and restore democratic governance he added Although it was in June 1988 that economic diplomacy was officially adopted as a major plank of Nigeria s foreign policy Nigeria s contemporary foreign policy under the Buhari administration also adopted it 30 years after Since 1960 successive Nigerian governments have demonstrated an appreciation of the linkage between the country s foreign policy and economic circumstances hence in the first 25 years after independence that is from 1960 to 1985 there were overlapping patterns or strands of strategies that emerged in the history of Nigeria s economic diplomacy In officially adopting economic diplomacy as a major plank in its foreign policy initiatives the Buhari administration unveiled the National Economic Diplomacy Initiative NEDI in 2018 which underscores the continuity and consistency in Nigeria s foreign policy Ubi is of the view that the economic diplomacy initiative of the Buhari administration emerged in response to the inherited daunting domestic socio economic challenges before the country He said NEDI was also designed to leverage on Nigeria s bilateral and multilateral trade engagements with other countries to accelerate domestic growth and development It was also informed by the need to realise the lofty targets of regional economic integration as embellished in the ideals of the African Continental Free Trade Area agreement AFCFTA Nigeria s signing of AFCFTA which is projected to become the world s second largest free trade area is a remarkable stride in Nigeria s contemporary foreign policy s economic diplomacy AFCFTA provides opportunities to exploit new frontiers and reach larger markets with Nigerian exports of manufactured goods and services The cornerstone of AFCFTA is the promotion of industrialization sustained growth and development in Africa It is projected to boost intra African trade stimulate investment and innovation foster structural transformation and improve food security AFCFTA is also projected to enhance economic growth and export diversification and rationalise the overlapping trade regimes of the main regional economic communities Nigeria has also signed a number of bilateral agreements and memoranda of understanding with some African and non African countries aimed at strengthening its relations with them and driving Foreign Direct Investment FDI to the country Nigeria s Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Geoffrey Onyeama summed up Nigeria s contemporary foreign policy when he spoke with journalists on the sidelines of the just concluded 77th Session of the UN General Assembly UNGA in New York According to the minister Nigeria is now highly respected and appreciated by the international community due to the repositioning of the country as a bastion of democracy by President Buhari in the past seven years We have been able to gain respect for Nigeria and secure Nigeria s place as an important partner and player at the multilateral level In seven years President Buhari has showcased Nigeria as a champion of good governance and an important partner in the African sub region and beyond We have been praised for the role we played in ensuring that democracy survived in The Gambia as well as in pushing for peace in the West African sub region We have been successful in areas such as getting through resolutions of the UN on illicit financial flows which we could not achieve for many years the minister said We have been seen as a champion for nuclear disarmament and a nuclear free world because we were very active in those areas During this period we have been at the forefront of actions to push for global justice and peace advocating justice for the oppressed in the world The centrepiece of the event for us was the national statement by the president which was very well received he said Onyeama explained that President Buhari touched on sensitive national regional and global issues when he addressed the UN General Assembly He disclosed that the country s delegation had a good mix of bilateral meetings with other countries as well as engaged with the private sector Analysts are therefore of the view that Nigeria s foreign policy as conducted by successive administrations since independence in 1960 has been consistently dominated by an enduring Afrocentric focus as well as the benefits of economic diplomacy to achieve the country s overall national interest s aims goals and objectives 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    Assessing Nigeria’s foreign policy evolution since independence Assessing Nigeria’s foreign policy evolution since independencePresident Muhammad Buhari By Mark Longyen, News Agency of Nigeria Analysts are of the view that since gaining political independence from Britain on Oct. 1, 1960, Nigeria’s foreign policy has evolved under different past administrations with notable consistency of Africa as its centerpiece.

    They note that, since independence, Nigeria’s foreign policy has been conducted  by successive governments in a manner that demonstrated varying distinctive priorities and style within a broad conceptual framework, without a marked departure at any point from its Afro-centric focus.

    Many are of the view that the nation’s foreign policy implementation, its decision making and direction have, by and large, been deliberately anchored, formulated, tailored, and predicated by its policy architects on the basis of the nation’s overall national interest and Africa centeredness.

    The predominant preoccupation of Nigeria’s foreign policy in the immediate two post-independence decades, for instance, they say, was African solidarity, the decolonisation of all African countries that were still under colonial rule, and the war against Apartheid in South Africa, among others.

    In all of these, Nigeria clearly demonstrated exemplary leadership in Africa and its status as the Giant  of Africa, by using multiple platforms of multilateral organisations, of which she is  a member to pursue her foreign policy aims, goals and objectives – with astonishing results.

    While the Afrocentric focus forms the inner core of the nation’s foreign policy, experts are of consensus view that Nigeria’s membership and involvement in global organisations constitutes the outer core of the nation’s foreign policy focus.

    To this end, they say, Nigeria played an active role in the formation in 1963 of the defunct Organisation of African Unity, OAU, now Africa Union (AU) and also in the formation of the sub-regional economic bloc, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in 1975, which has its permanent headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

    They also note that the outer core focus of Nigeria’s foreign policy has over the past 62 years ensured that she pursued her national interests through her active involvement in the affairs of international organisations or playing key roles in  their affairs.

    Similarly, upon becoming an independent nation-state, Nigeria joined the British Commonwealth of Nations, the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), the United Nations (UN), and its multiple agencies globally, where she played, and is still playing key roles in their activities.

    Nigeria has continued to pursue such foreign policy interests through her membership of, and participation in, global organisations like the UN,  the Commonwealth, the defunct OAU (now AU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) with tremendous successes.

    Prof. W.

    A Fawole, a foreign policy analyst and professor of International Relations, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, while reinforcing the Afrocentric stance of Nigeria’s foreign policy, said that no significant change had taken place to warrant any school of thought that there has been a shift from Afrocentricism.

    According to him, 62 years since independence, the conduct of Nigeria’s foreign policy has been in such a manner that it continues to play a leading and stabilising role on the continent of Africa.

    “All in all, Nigeria’s Afrocentric bend remains.

    “President Buhari was made the continent’s anti-corruption leader because of the reputation he had sustained over the decades.

    “But what needs to be understood is that virtually all the issues that stood Nigeria out in the past, that is, opposition to apartheid, decolonisation, African unity, etc.

    ,  have all been settled and now replaced with new ones.

    “Overall, I think domestic circumstances like pervasive insecurity, separatist agitations, weakening economic capacity, collapsing naira, official corruption have combined to vitiate a dynamic foreign policy,” he said.

    Prof Fawole, however, noted that Nigeria’s recent showing at the African Union was less than stellar as it lost a high-profile election to the most pivotal organ of the AU by putting forward the wrong candidate, although it was later able to regain composure.

    Corroborating Fawole’s view, Associate Prof. Efem Ubi, Director of Research, Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, (NIIA) noted that since independence to date, Nigeria has continued to focus on its Africa-centered foreign policy.

    According to him, when Buhari came to power over seven years ago, he set out to once again take Nigeria’s leading position in Africa.

    He said that this was done with some form of successes, even though minimal, especially in the efforts towards stemming the scourge of terrorism and other forms of insecurity in Nigeria.

    He said, “This is showcased in the role that Nigeria under Buhari and other ECOWAS member states played in upholding with sacrosanct, democracy in Africa to resolve The Gambia’s election crisis, the coup crisis in Mali and other places, etc.

    “President Buhari immediately on assumption of office visited different nations ranging from Nigeria’s immediate neighbors, the West African sub-region,and the continent at large, to harness international concerted efforts towards mitigating the challenges of terrorism.

    “Buhari started well by getting the affected neighbouring countries, Niger Republic, Cameroon and Chad to put more efforts through the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) to tackle the problem and his approach initially yielded fruits.

    ” The  NIIA Director of Research described Nigeria’s foreign policy under the current dispensation as a tripartite foreign, policy posture, which revolves around three thematic issues; namely, the fight against corruption, insecurity, and economic development.

    He argued that Nigeria under the current administration has exceedingly upheld Nigeria’s foreign policy tenets, irrespective of the odds, adding that Buhari did not after all inherit a rosy and healthy nation in 2015. On his part, Dr Salami Olawale of the Department of History and Diplomatic Studies, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State, however, sees economic diplomacy, which was popularised by the Babangida military regime in 1988 as the major lynchpin of Nigeria’s foreign policy.

    Olawale noted that, in spite of the lofty intentions of economic diplomacy under the Babangida administration, the global response to Nigeria’s economic diplomacy was not as enthusiastic as the Nigerian government had envisaged.

    He attributed the shortcomings of the administration’s economic diplomacy to the inconsistent and incoherent domestic policies, lack of infrastructural facilities and insincerity in government circles, leading to massive corruption in high places.

    “In the face of these problems, the attitude of foreign investors was not surprising, as various global investors had to re-design their strategies in the face of rampaging globalisation.

    “The ‘new’ economic diplomacy was also expected to encourage Nigerian business groups to shop for partners and then invest more both at home and abroad, but this was not to be, as they preferred, just like their friends in governments, to own property in choice areas of western countries.

    “Even the state sponsored attempt, through the Nigerian National Petroluem Corporation (NNPC), to shop around the world for petroleum-related investment outlets, did not produce significant results,” he said.

    Olawale, therefore, concluded that the failure of the Nigerian state in all ramifications and the conspiracy and hostility of the international environment, combined to frustrate the lofty ideas contained in Babangida’s economic diplomacy.

    He, however, said that for the Nigerian state to fully realise its great potentials for the benefit of the people, the managers of the country should have a change of attitude and put ‘Nigeria first’ in all respects.

    “The government at all levels and individuals should be fully involved in the fight against corruption, which has become a malignant tumour in the medulla of an average Nigerian.

    “At the level of the economy, the government should encourage the industrial class and not the merchant class, to produce more goods at home, as it is on their shoulders that the realisation of government’s international economic objectives rest.

    “It is in search of relevance in the international environment and in the continuation of the actualisation of its Afrocentric policy, that Nigeria, leading other West African states, ventured into the Liberian crisis, to build peace and restore democratic governance,” he added.

    Although it was in June 1988 that economic diplomacy was officially adopted as a major plank of Nigeria’s foreign policy, Nigeria’s contemporary foreign policy under the Buhari administration also adopted it 30 years after.

    Since 1960, successive Nigerian governments have demonstrated an appreciation of the linkage between the country’s foreign policy and economic circumstances, hence, in the first 25 years after independence, that is, from 1960 to 1985, there were overlapping patterns or strands of strategies that emerged in the history of Nigeria’s economic diplomacy In officially adopting economic diplomacy as a major plank in its foreign policy initiatives, the Buhari administration unveiled the National Economic Diplomacy Initiative (NEDI) in 2018, which underscores the continuity and consistency in Nigeria’s foreign policy.

    Ubi is of the view that the economic diplomacy initiative of the Buhari administration emerged in response to the inherited daunting domestic socio- economic challenges before the country.

    He said NEDI was also designed to leverage on Nigeria’s bilateral and multilateral trade engagements with other countries to accelerate domestic growth and development.

    It was also informed by the need to realise the lofty targets of regional economic integration as embellished in the ideals of the African Continental Free Trade Area agreement, AFCFTA.

    Nigeria’s signing of AFCFTA, which is projected to become the world’s second largest free trade area is a remarkable stride in Nigeria’s contemporary foreign policy’s economic diplomacy.

    AFCFTA provides opportunities to exploit new frontiers and reach larger markets with Nigerian exports of manufactured goods and services.

    The cornerstone of AFCFTA is the promotion of industrialization, sustained growth and development in Africa.

    It is projected to boost intra-African trade, stimulate investment and innovation, foster structural transformation, and improve food security.

    AFCFTA is also projected to enhance economic growth and export diversification, and rationalise the overlapping trade regimes of the main regional economic communities.

    Nigeria has also signed a number of bilateral agreements and memoranda of understanding with some African and non-African countries aimed at strengthening its relations with them and driving Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to the country.

    Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, summed up Nigeria’s contemporary foreign policy when he spoke with journalists on the sidelines of the just concluded 77th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York. According to the minister, Nigeria is now highly respected and appreciated by the international community due to the repositioning of the country “as a bastion of democracy” by President Buhari in the past seven years.

    “We have been able to gain respect for Nigeria and secure Nigeria’s place as an important partner and player at the multilateral level.

    “In seven years, President Buhari has showcased Nigeria as a champion of good governance and an important partner in the African sub-region and beyond.

    “We have been praised for the role we played in ensuring that democracy survived in The Gambia as well as in pushing for peace in the West African sub-region.

    “We have been successful in areas, such as getting through resolutions of the UN on illicit financial flows, which we could not achieve for many years,” the minister said.

    “We have been seen as a champion for nuclear disarmament and a nuclear-free world because we were very active in those areas.

    “During this period, we have been at the forefront of actions to push for global justice and peace, advocating justice for the oppressed in the world.

    “The centrepiece of the event for us was the national statement by the president, which was very well received,” he said.

    Onyeama explained that President Buhari touched on sensitive national, regional and global issues when he addressed the UN General Assembly.

    He disclosed that the country’s delegation had a good mix of bilateral meetings with other countries, as well as engaged with the private sector.

    Analysts are, therefore, of the view that Nigeria’s foreign policy as conducted by successive administrations since independence in 1960, has been consistently dominated by an enduring Afrocentric focus, as well as the benefits of economic diplomacy to achieve the country’s overall  national interest’s aims, goals and objectives.

    (NANFeatures) If used please credit the News Agency of Nigeria
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  •  Mr Auwal Rafsanjani Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre CISLAC has expressed optimism that Nigeria will achieve the Sustainable Development Goal SDG 16 with sustained political will SDG 16 is about peace justice and strong institutions Rafsanjani told the News Agency of Nigeria in New York after SDG 16 Nigeria Shadow Report 2022 was launched that Nigeria was already making some progress to achieve the goal The UN correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria reports that the SDG 16 Shadow Report was launched on the sidelines of 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly UNGA The Report seeks to measure Nigeria s progress on SDG 16 specifically targets 16 4 which deals with anti money laundering 16 5 which looks at beneficial ownership and 16 10 which looks at access to information According to him if there is political will issues of corruption justice human rights freedom of expression or freedom of press are very possible that Nigeria could achieve those targets Rafsanjani said that civil society was determined to support government to achieve that goal That is why we are coming up with the Shadow report to remind government where we are and to remind government its own commitment Nigeria already is a member of Open Government Partnership and Nigeria is a member of Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative EITI So these are global initiatives that are supposed to help bring the state actors or non state actors together to support of the efforts of government and Nigeria is a signatory to the EITI As a matter of fact we are one of the first countries that legislated law on EITI which is called NEITI Nigerian Extractive Transparency Initiatives he said The official said Nigeria had also during the London summit of anti corruption hosted and organised by British Government made commitments to so many things that will help strengthen more transparency and accountability He said one of the major things that Nigerian government had to show more commitment and seriousness was of course in strengthening anti corruption The country needs to strengthen anti corruption to work by ensuring that policy and framework are implemented and that political corruption are dealt with squarely If we are able to do this and carry out reform in the judicial sector we ll be able to begin to smile and see the possibility of achieving the SDG 16 Nigeria has signified entrance to ensure that access recovery are done in a manner that will have to enhance more transparency Nigerian government is determined to ensure that the SDG 16 is achievable because civil society already is committed and is willing to work with the government to support government to achieve that According to him Nigeria has made progress in some few areas and therefore we need to continue to encourage government and the area of the prohibition of the anti money laundering in the area of legislation on proceeds of crime Speaking at the launch of the Report Mathew Jenkins Research Manager said that CISLAC was a powerful advocate for meaningful reforms to tackle the devastating impact of corruption across the entire 2030 agenda Today s launch is also a testimony to the value of longitudinal research tracking changes both positive and negative over time from an initial baseline This benchmark allows anti corruption practitioners to understand what has worked and where obstacles remain to achieving the 2030 targets In addition Jenkins said CISLAC worked under the SANCTUS project which focused on the core problem of dirty money in Nigerian politics This can make a powerful contribution to that goal especially in light of the upcoming general elections Dirty Money in politics invariably shifts politicians preferences towards the concerns of the rich and powerful to the detriment of poor and marginalised groups It s an anathema to the international pledge as part of the SDG agenda to leave no one behind NewsSourceCredit NAN
    SDG 16 is achievable in Nigeria- CISLAC
     Mr Auwal Rafsanjani Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre CISLAC has expressed optimism that Nigeria will achieve the Sustainable Development Goal SDG 16 with sustained political will SDG 16 is about peace justice and strong institutions Rafsanjani told the News Agency of Nigeria in New York after SDG 16 Nigeria Shadow Report 2022 was launched that Nigeria was already making some progress to achieve the goal The UN correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria reports that the SDG 16 Shadow Report was launched on the sidelines of 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly UNGA The Report seeks to measure Nigeria s progress on SDG 16 specifically targets 16 4 which deals with anti money laundering 16 5 which looks at beneficial ownership and 16 10 which looks at access to information According to him if there is political will issues of corruption justice human rights freedom of expression or freedom of press are very possible that Nigeria could achieve those targets Rafsanjani said that civil society was determined to support government to achieve that goal That is why we are coming up with the Shadow report to remind government where we are and to remind government its own commitment Nigeria already is a member of Open Government Partnership and Nigeria is a member of Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative EITI So these are global initiatives that are supposed to help bring the state actors or non state actors together to support of the efforts of government and Nigeria is a signatory to the EITI As a matter of fact we are one of the first countries that legislated law on EITI which is called NEITI Nigerian Extractive Transparency Initiatives he said The official said Nigeria had also during the London summit of anti corruption hosted and organised by British Government made commitments to so many things that will help strengthen more transparency and accountability He said one of the major things that Nigerian government had to show more commitment and seriousness was of course in strengthening anti corruption The country needs to strengthen anti corruption to work by ensuring that policy and framework are implemented and that political corruption are dealt with squarely If we are able to do this and carry out reform in the judicial sector we ll be able to begin to smile and see the possibility of achieving the SDG 16 Nigeria has signified entrance to ensure that access recovery are done in a manner that will have to enhance more transparency Nigerian government is determined to ensure that the SDG 16 is achievable because civil society already is committed and is willing to work with the government to support government to achieve that According to him Nigeria has made progress in some few areas and therefore we need to continue to encourage government and the area of the prohibition of the anti money laundering in the area of legislation on proceeds of crime Speaking at the launch of the Report Mathew Jenkins Research Manager said that CISLAC was a powerful advocate for meaningful reforms to tackle the devastating impact of corruption across the entire 2030 agenda Today s launch is also a testimony to the value of longitudinal research tracking changes both positive and negative over time from an initial baseline This benchmark allows anti corruption practitioners to understand what has worked and where obstacles remain to achieving the 2030 targets In addition Jenkins said CISLAC worked under the SANCTUS project which focused on the core problem of dirty money in Nigerian politics This can make a powerful contribution to that goal especially in light of the upcoming general elections Dirty Money in politics invariably shifts politicians preferences towards the concerns of the rich and powerful to the detriment of poor and marginalised groups It s an anathema to the international pledge as part of the SDG agenda to leave no one behind NewsSourceCredit NAN
    SDG 16 is achievable in Nigeria- CISLAC
    Foreign4 days ago

    SDG 16 is achievable in Nigeria- CISLAC

    Mr Auwal Rafsanjani, Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) has expressed optimism that Nigeria will achieve the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16 with sustained political will.

    SDG 16 is about peace, justice and strong institutions.

    Rafsanjani told the News Agency of Nigeria in New York after SDG 16 Nigeria Shadow Report, 2022, was launched, that Nigeria was already making some progress to achieve the goal.

    The UN correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria reports that the SDG 16 Shadow Report was launched on the sidelines of 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

    The Report seeks to measure Nigeria’s progress on SDG 16, specifically targets 16.4 which deals with anti-money laundering, 16.5 which looks at beneficial ownership and 16.10 which looks at access to information.

    According to him, if there is political will, issues of corruption, justice, human rights, freedom of expression or freedom of press are very possible that Nigeria could achieve those targets.

    Rafsanjani said that civil society was determined to support government to achieve that goal.  

    ” That is why we are coming up with the Shadow report to remind government where we are and to remind government its own commitment.

    “Nigeria already is a member of Open Government Partnership and Nigeria is a member of Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI).

    So, these are global initiatives that are supposed to help bring the state actors or non-state actors together to support of the efforts of government, and Nigeria is a signatory to the EITI.

    “As a matter of fact, we are one of the first countries that legislated law on EITI, which is called NEITI – Nigerian Extractive Transparency Initiatives,’’ he said.

    The official said Nigeria had also, during the London summit of anti-corruption, hosted and organised by British Government, made commitments to so many things that will help strengthen more transparency and accountability.

    He said one of the major things that Nigerian government had to show more commitment and seriousness was, of course, in strengthening anti- corruption.

    “The country needs to strengthen anti-corruption to work by ensuring that policy and framework are implemented, and that political corruption are dealt with squarely.

    “If we are able to do this and carry out reform in the judicial sector, we’ll be able to begin to smile and see the possibility of achieving the SDG 16. “Nigeria has signified entrance to ensure that access recovery are done in a manner that will have to enhance more transparency.

    “Nigerian government is determined to ensure that the SDG 16 is achievable because civil society already is committed and is willing to work with the government to support government to achieve that.

    ’’ According to him, Nigeria has made progress in some few areas and therefore, we need to continue to encourage government and the area of the prohibition of the anti- money laundering, in the area of legislation on proceeds of crime.  

    Speaking at the launch of the Report, Mathew Jenkins, Research Manager, said that CISLAC was a powerful advocate for meaningful reforms to tackle the devastating impact of corruption across the entire 2030 agenda.

    “Today’s launch is also a testimony to the value of longitudinal research, tracking changes both positive and negative over time from an initial baseline.

    “This benchmark allows anti-corruption practitioners to understand what has worked and where obstacles remain to achieving the 2030 targets.

    In addition, Jenkins said CISLAC worked under the SANCTUS project, which focused on the core problem of dirty money in Nigerian politics.

    This can make a powerful contribution to that goal, especially in light of the upcoming general elections.

    “Dirty Money in politics invariably shifts politicians’ preferences towards the concerns of the rich and powerful to the detriment of poor and marginalised groups.

    It’s an anathema to the international pledge as part of the SDG agenda to leave no one behind.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation met with Ramtane Lamamra Minister for Foreign Affairs of Algeria on the sidelines of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly UNGA in New York His Highness Sheikh Abdullah and Lamamra discussed the brotherly relations between the UAE and Algeria and ways to enhance cooperation in all domains to achieve the common interests of the two brother countries and peoples They also reviewed issues on the agenda for the General Assembly session including climate change renewable energy supply and food security The two sides also discussed regional and international developments Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed highlighted the depth of the ties between the UAE and Algeria and his enthusiasm to foster them at all levels
    His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed meets with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Algeria on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA)
      His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation met with Ramtane Lamamra Minister for Foreign Affairs of Algeria on the sidelines of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly UNGA in New York His Highness Sheikh Abdullah and Lamamra discussed the brotherly relations between the UAE and Algeria and ways to enhance cooperation in all domains to achieve the common interests of the two brother countries and peoples They also reviewed issues on the agenda for the General Assembly session including climate change renewable energy supply and food security The two sides also discussed regional and international developments Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed highlighted the depth of the ties between the UAE and Algeria and his enthusiasm to foster them at all levels
    His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed meets with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Algeria on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA)
    Africa1 week ago

    His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed meets with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Algeria on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA)

    His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, met with Ramtane Lamamra, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Algeria, on the sidelines of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York. His Highness Sheikh Abdullah and Lamamra discussed the brotherly relations between the UAE and Algeria and ways to enhance cooperation in all domains to achieve the common interests of the two brother countries and peoples.

    They also reviewed issues on the agenda for the General Assembly session, including climate change, renewable energy supply and food security.

    The two sides also discussed regional and international developments.

    Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed highlighted the depth of the ties between the UAE and Algeria and his enthusiasm to foster them at all levels.

  •   Harvests from Nigeria s global economic summit in New York Harvests from Nigeria s global economic summit in New York By Garba Shehu On Thursday last week the Nigeria International Economic Partnership Forum was held in Manhattan New York in the middle of the most important international event of the year the United Nations General Assembly UNGA The Forum was enormously popular attracting some 500 guests and delegates almost double the expected number While this resulted in a somewhat chaotic atmosphere at times the Forum was a resounding success a clear indication of investor confidence in Nigeria Nigeria is the biggest economy in Africa and seeks to raise GDP to USD 965 billion almost a trillion Dollars by 2027 Under President Muhammadu Buhari the nation has recorded marked progress in highways construction bridges railway power electrification and capacity addition in airports and their modernization As the President spoke making the determination of his government to open more and more sectors of the economy to the private sector a particular participant stunned not a few when he announced that he manages pension funds of USD 1 3 Trillion money well in excess Nigeria s current GDP five times over First well over a billion dollars worth of deals benefitting Nigeria and her partners were signed at the Forum including a 1 3 billion investment from Sun Africa for a new solar energy project 70 million ring fenced by Adryada and Noblesse Green Energy for a new biodiversity project strategic financing support for a new refinery on the Niger Delta announced by Honeywell UOP and a major philanthropic investment in data for Nigerian schools announced by Airtel Africa that would be setting up internet connection for 100 schools each year for five years running A highlight of the event was the Presidential Luncheon which saw Guest of Honour President Buhari joined by CEOs and Senior Executives from some of the largest and most prominent American and African companies including GE Chevron Honeywell Bell Flight Sun Africa McGraw Hill American Tower and many more The full guest list of participants included the American Tower Corporation Aveva Big Sun Holdings Citi CrossBoundry Group Cure Violence Global Entrust Educational Testing Service ExxonMobil GE Healthcare Gilead Sciences and Hello Tractor Also in attendance were Google McLarty Associates Medici Land Governance NBA Odum Capital Oracle Pearson Rendeavour Roche Seed Global Health Standard Bank UBA America the AfDB African EXIM Bank and its US equivalent Export Import Bank of United States headed by Reta Jo Lewis the first ever African American to lead the organization and the Jeddah based Islamic Development Bank IDB We had also in actual participation the World Food Program WFP the Food and Agriculture Organization FAO the International Fund for Agriculture IFAD and NEPAD agency for Africa Of course no one could have overlooked the overarching presence and actual participation of the Corporate Council of Africa whose current President Florie Liser addressed the meeting saying that the organization is pushing for a private sector roadmap to support investment in several sectors to aid economic growth in Nigeria Some of the this country s biggest corporations were also represented at the highest levels including but not limited to the great oil behemoth the NNPC Limited the Nigerian Ports Authority the NIPC NEXIM Bank Ndimi s Oriental Energy First Bank Airtel Flour Mills Nigeria the Fertilizer Producers Association of Nigeria the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association of Nigeria and so many others Interestingly there were also in attendance several young Nigerian entrepreneurs who are continually making their mark on the global business landscape After breakfast and the opening session we had the first plenary on Nigeria s economic outlook and the second one on high level conversations about scaling up international partnerships for Nigeria on the development drive Thereafter eight breakout sessions convened simultaneously for the real business that brought everyone here There was a thematic group seeking answers to important questions about growing Nigeria s agriculture for food security and access to export market It addressed questions of increased investment in fertilizer and urea opportunities for Nigeria EU partnerships in view of the Russia Ukraine war and such issues as the need for technology support and innovative financing mechanisms for agriculture Nigeria s Oil and Gas sector came under discussion with a focus on reforms results and the road ahead where international interest was canvassed for the two pipeline projects taking Nigeria s gas to Europe through Morocco and Algeria Awareness was also raised by the NNPC Limited on the dangers of crude oil to Nigeria and the world at large They called it blood oil The investment climate in Nigeria including systemic risk issues and the vistas of the African Continental Trade Agreement were also brought under focus Infrastructure opportunities in power clean energy transportation and water came under discussion as did the ways and means of increasing capital flows into Nigeria industrial financing international development financing and the road to greater financial inclusion Nigeria also brought for international discussion at this forum the quest for scaling up international resources for financing education in the continent as well the need for innovative deal making mechanisms to link government deal sponsors and international pools capital in the health sector There was also a very comprehensive discussion on the next steps for technology development emerging technologies satellite technology digital communication financing clean industries and the use of technology to combat insecurity There have been some of criticisms about the size of the venue and the number of guests it can only be said that those making those criticisms have never experienced New York during UNGA one of the world s busiest and most important international events attended yearly by world leaders from around the globe The President himself pointed to the significance of the representation at the forum when he said the beauty of this forum is that the Ministers responsible for all of these sectors are here today as are some of Nigeria s premier business leaders who are already excelling in these spaces There were some who criticized the quality of speakers at the Forum With a lineup that included the President himself the country s most senior ministers and the most senior executives from those prominent companies already mentioned these claims can only be described as inaccurate As for those bandying around other names of supposed speakers who did not attend they are merely misinformed and taking their information from a dated draft list of potential invitees not from the final list Sadly there are those who will always seek to criticize Nigeria for their own political gain and put her down even in moments of her greatest success The resoundingly successful Nigeria International Economic Partnership Forum is a clear example We look forward to an equally successful repeat next year Nigeria has everyone to thank for this successful program and not least in this category is the Chief of Staff to the President Professor Ibrahim Gambari a veteran of the UN and global systems who was the linchpin of the entire event www ng Shehu is the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Harvests from Nigeria’s global economic summit in New York
      Harvests from Nigeria s global economic summit in New York Harvests from Nigeria s global economic summit in New York By Garba Shehu On Thursday last week the Nigeria International Economic Partnership Forum was held in Manhattan New York in the middle of the most important international event of the year the United Nations General Assembly UNGA The Forum was enormously popular attracting some 500 guests and delegates almost double the expected number While this resulted in a somewhat chaotic atmosphere at times the Forum was a resounding success a clear indication of investor confidence in Nigeria Nigeria is the biggest economy in Africa and seeks to raise GDP to USD 965 billion almost a trillion Dollars by 2027 Under President Muhammadu Buhari the nation has recorded marked progress in highways construction bridges railway power electrification and capacity addition in airports and their modernization As the President spoke making the determination of his government to open more and more sectors of the economy to the private sector a particular participant stunned not a few when he announced that he manages pension funds of USD 1 3 Trillion money well in excess Nigeria s current GDP five times over First well over a billion dollars worth of deals benefitting Nigeria and her partners were signed at the Forum including a 1 3 billion investment from Sun Africa for a new solar energy project 70 million ring fenced by Adryada and Noblesse Green Energy for a new biodiversity project strategic financing support for a new refinery on the Niger Delta announced by Honeywell UOP and a major philanthropic investment in data for Nigerian schools announced by Airtel Africa that would be setting up internet connection for 100 schools each year for five years running A highlight of the event was the Presidential Luncheon which saw Guest of Honour President Buhari joined by CEOs and Senior Executives from some of the largest and most prominent American and African companies including GE Chevron Honeywell Bell Flight Sun Africa McGraw Hill American Tower and many more The full guest list of participants included the American Tower Corporation Aveva Big Sun Holdings Citi CrossBoundry Group Cure Violence Global Entrust Educational Testing Service ExxonMobil GE Healthcare Gilead Sciences and Hello Tractor Also in attendance were Google McLarty Associates Medici Land Governance NBA Odum Capital Oracle Pearson Rendeavour Roche Seed Global Health Standard Bank UBA America the AfDB African EXIM Bank and its US equivalent Export Import Bank of United States headed by Reta Jo Lewis the first ever African American to lead the organization and the Jeddah based Islamic Development Bank IDB We had also in actual participation the World Food Program WFP the Food and Agriculture Organization FAO the International Fund for Agriculture IFAD and NEPAD agency for Africa Of course no one could have overlooked the overarching presence and actual participation of the Corporate Council of Africa whose current President Florie Liser addressed the meeting saying that the organization is pushing for a private sector roadmap to support investment in several sectors to aid economic growth in Nigeria Some of the this country s biggest corporations were also represented at the highest levels including but not limited to the great oil behemoth the NNPC Limited the Nigerian Ports Authority the NIPC NEXIM Bank Ndimi s Oriental Energy First Bank Airtel Flour Mills Nigeria the Fertilizer Producers Association of Nigeria the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association of Nigeria and so many others Interestingly there were also in attendance several young Nigerian entrepreneurs who are continually making their mark on the global business landscape After breakfast and the opening session we had the first plenary on Nigeria s economic outlook and the second one on high level conversations about scaling up international partnerships for Nigeria on the development drive Thereafter eight breakout sessions convened simultaneously for the real business that brought everyone here There was a thematic group seeking answers to important questions about growing Nigeria s agriculture for food security and access to export market It addressed questions of increased investment in fertilizer and urea opportunities for Nigeria EU partnerships in view of the Russia Ukraine war and such issues as the need for technology support and innovative financing mechanisms for agriculture Nigeria s Oil and Gas sector came under discussion with a focus on reforms results and the road ahead where international interest was canvassed for the two pipeline projects taking Nigeria s gas to Europe through Morocco and Algeria Awareness was also raised by the NNPC Limited on the dangers of crude oil to Nigeria and the world at large They called it blood oil The investment climate in Nigeria including systemic risk issues and the vistas of the African Continental Trade Agreement were also brought under focus Infrastructure opportunities in power clean energy transportation and water came under discussion as did the ways and means of increasing capital flows into Nigeria industrial financing international development financing and the road to greater financial inclusion Nigeria also brought for international discussion at this forum the quest for scaling up international resources for financing education in the continent as well the need for innovative deal making mechanisms to link government deal sponsors and international pools capital in the health sector There was also a very comprehensive discussion on the next steps for technology development emerging technologies satellite technology digital communication financing clean industries and the use of technology to combat insecurity There have been some of criticisms about the size of the venue and the number of guests it can only be said that those making those criticisms have never experienced New York during UNGA one of the world s busiest and most important international events attended yearly by world leaders from around the globe The President himself pointed to the significance of the representation at the forum when he said the beauty of this forum is that the Ministers responsible for all of these sectors are here today as are some of Nigeria s premier business leaders who are already excelling in these spaces There were some who criticized the quality of speakers at the Forum With a lineup that included the President himself the country s most senior ministers and the most senior executives from those prominent companies already mentioned these claims can only be described as inaccurate As for those bandying around other names of supposed speakers who did not attend they are merely misinformed and taking their information from a dated draft list of potential invitees not from the final list Sadly there are those who will always seek to criticize Nigeria for their own political gain and put her down even in moments of her greatest success The resoundingly successful Nigeria International Economic Partnership Forum is a clear example We look forward to an equally successful repeat next year Nigeria has everyone to thank for this successful program and not least in this category is the Chief of Staff to the President Professor Ibrahim Gambari a veteran of the UN and global systems who was the linchpin of the entire event www ng Shehu is the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Harvests from Nigeria’s global economic summit in New York
    Features1 week ago

    Harvests from Nigeria’s global economic summit in New York

    Harvests from Nigeria’s global economic summit in New York Harvests from Nigeria’s global economic summit in New York By Garba Shehu On Thursday last week, the Nigeria International Economic Partnership Forum was held in Manhattan, New York in the middle of the most important international event of the year: the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

    The Forum was enormously popular, attracting some 500 guests and delegates – almost double the expected number.

    While this resulted in a somewhat chaotic atmosphere at times, the Forum was a resounding success: a clear indication of investor confidence in Nigeria.

    Nigeria is the biggest economy in Africa and seeks to raise GDP to USD 965 billion-almost a trillion Dollars by 2027. Under President Muhammadu Buhari, the nation has recorded marked progress in highways construction, bridges, railway, power, electrification and capacity addition in airports and their modernization.

    As the President spoke, making the determination of his government to open more and more sectors of the economy to the private sector, a particular participant stunned, not a few when he announced that he manages pension funds of USD 1.3 Trillion, money well in excess Nigeria’s current GDP, five times over.

    First, well over a billion dollars’ worth of deals benefitting Nigeria and her partners were signed at the Forum, including a $1.3 billion investment from Sun Africa for a new solar energy project; $70 million ring-fenced by Adryada and Noblesse Green Energy for a new biodiversity project; strategic financing support for a new refinery on the Niger Delta announced by Honeywell UOP; and a major philanthropic investment in data for Nigerian schools announced by Airtel Africa that would be setting up internet connection for 100 schools each year for five years running.

    A highlight of the event was the Presidential Luncheon, which saw Guest of Honour President Buhari joined by CEOs and Senior Executives from some of the largest and most prominent American and African companies, including GE, Chevron, Honeywell, Bell Flight, Sun Africa, McGraw Hill, American Tower and many more.

    The full guest list of participants included the American Tower Corporation, Aveva, Big Sun Holdings, Citi, CrossBoundry Group, Cure Violence Global, Entrust, Educational Testing Service, ExxonMobil , GE Healthcare,Gilead Sciences and Hello Tractor.

    Also in attendance were Google, McLarty Associates,Medici Land Governance, NBA, Odum Capital, Oracle, Pearson,Rendeavour, Roche,Seed Global Health, Standard Bank,, UBA America, the AfDB, African EXIM Bank and its US equivalent, Export Import Bank of United States, headed by Reta Jo Lewis, the first ever African-American to lead the organization, and the Jeddah-based Islamic Development Bank, IDB.

    We had also in actual participation, the World Food Program, WFP, the Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO, the International Fund for Agriculture, IFAD and NEPAD agency for Africa.

    Of course no one could have overlooked the overarching presence and actual participation of the Corporate Council of Africa whose current President, Florie Liser addressed the meeting, saying that the organization is pushing for a private sector roadmap to support investment in several sectors to aid economic growth in Nigeria.

    Some of the this country’s biggest corporations were also represented at the highest levels, including, but not limited to the great oil behemoth, the NNPC Limited, the Nigerian Ports Authority, the NIPC, NEXIM Bank, Ndimi’s Oriental Energy, First Bank, Airtel, Flour Mills Nigeria, the Fertilizer Producers Association of Nigeria, the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association of Nigeria and so many others.

    Interestingly, there were also in attendance, several young Nigerian entrepreneurs who are continually making their mark on the global business landscape.

    After breakfast and the opening session, we had the first plenary on Nigeria’s economic outlook and the second one on high level conversations about scaling up international partnerships for Nigeria on the development drive.

    Thereafter, eight breakout sessions convened simultaneously for the real business that brought everyone here.

    There was a thematic group seeking answers to important questions about growing Nigeria’s agriculture for food security and access to export market.

    It addressed questions of increased investment in fertilizer and urea, opportunities for Nigeria-EU partnerships in view of the Russia-Ukraine war and such issues as the need for technology support and innovative financing mechanisms for agriculture.

    Nigeria’s Oil and Gas sector came under discussion with a focus on “reforms, results and the road ahead,” where international interest was canvassed for the two pipeline projects taking Nigeria’s gas to Europe through Morocco and Algeria.

    Awareness was also raised by the NNPC Limited on the dangers of crude oil to Nigeria and the world at large.

    They called it “blood oil.

    ” The investment climate in Nigeria including systemic risk issues and the vistas of the African Continental Trade Agreement were also brought under focus.

    Infrastructure opportunities in power, clean energy, transportation and water came under discussion, as did the ways and means of increasing capital flows into Nigeria, industrial financing, international development financing and the road to greater financial inclusion.

    Nigeria also brought for international discussion at this forum, the quest for scaling up international resources for financing education in the continent as well the need for innovative deal-making mechanisms to link government, deal sponsors and international pools capital in the health sector.

    There was also a very comprehensive discussion on the next steps for technology development: emerging technologies, satellite technology, digital communication, financing clean industries and the use of technology to combat insecurity.

    There have been some of criticisms about the size of the venue and the number of guests; it can only be said that those making those criticisms have never experienced New York during UNGA – one of the world’s busiest and most important international events attended yearly by world leaders from around the globe.

    The President himself pointed to the significance of the representation at the forum when he said “ the beauty of this forum is that the Ministers responsible for all of these sectors are here today, as are some of Nigeria’s premier business leaders who are already excelling in these spaces.

    ” There were some who criticized the quality of speakers at the Forum.

    With a lineup that included the President himself, the country’s most senior ministers and the most senior executives from those prominent companies already mentioned, these claims can only be described as inaccurate.

    As for those bandying around other names of supposed speakers who did not attend, they are merely misinformed, and taking their information from a dated, draft list of potential invitees – not from the final list.

    Sadly, there are those who will always seek to criticize Nigeria for their own political gain and put her down even in moments of her greatest success.

    The resoundingly successful Nigeria International Economic Partnership Forum is a clear example.

    We look forward to an equally successful repeat next year.

    Nigeria has everyone to thank for this successful program, and not least in this category is the Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, a veteran of the UN and global systems who was the linchpin of the entire event.

    www.

    ng *Shehu is the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity.                


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  •   UNGA President Buhari has positioned Nigeria as bastion of democracy in Africa Onyeama UNGA By Emmanuel Acha New York Sept 25 President Muhammadu Buhari has in the last seven years positioned Nigeria as a bastion of democracy Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama has said Onyeama disclosed this on Sunday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in New York following the conclusion of the High Level Segment of the United Nations General Assembly UNGA The minister said that Buhari had within the period showcased Nigeria as champion of good governance and an important partner in the sub region and beyond He said that Nigeria s participation in the assembly within the period afforded it the opportunity to present positive image of the country Within that period of time we have been praised for the role we played in ensuring that democracy survived in The Gambia as well as in pushing for peace in the West African subregion We have been successful in areas such as getting through resolutions of the UN on the illicit financial flows which we could not achieve for many years he said According to the minister compared to what the situation was in the past Nigeria has been able to show a lot more pro action in respect of its foreign policy engagements Onyeama said that Nigeria played important roles in big UN processes such as immigration and emigration We have been seen as a champion for the nuclear disarmament and a nuclear free world because we were very active in those areas During this period we have been at the forefront of actions to push for global justice and peace advocating on justice for the oppressed in the world We have been able to gain respect for Nigeria and secure Nigeria s place as an important partner and player at the multilateral level he said Onyeama described the high level segment of the 77th UNGA as very successful from Nigeria s perspective The centerpiece of the event for us was the national statement by the president which was very well received He touched on sensitive national regional and global issues We had good mix of bilateral meetings with other countries as well as engagements with the private sector Onyeama said IU NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UNGA: President Buhari has positioned Nigeria as bastion of democracy in Africa – Onyeama
      UNGA President Buhari has positioned Nigeria as bastion of democracy in Africa Onyeama UNGA By Emmanuel Acha New York Sept 25 President Muhammadu Buhari has in the last seven years positioned Nigeria as a bastion of democracy Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama has said Onyeama disclosed this on Sunday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in New York following the conclusion of the High Level Segment of the United Nations General Assembly UNGA The minister said that Buhari had within the period showcased Nigeria as champion of good governance and an important partner in the sub region and beyond He said that Nigeria s participation in the assembly within the period afforded it the opportunity to present positive image of the country Within that period of time we have been praised for the role we played in ensuring that democracy survived in The Gambia as well as in pushing for peace in the West African subregion We have been successful in areas such as getting through resolutions of the UN on the illicit financial flows which we could not achieve for many years he said According to the minister compared to what the situation was in the past Nigeria has been able to show a lot more pro action in respect of its foreign policy engagements Onyeama said that Nigeria played important roles in big UN processes such as immigration and emigration We have been seen as a champion for the nuclear disarmament and a nuclear free world because we were very active in those areas During this period we have been at the forefront of actions to push for global justice and peace advocating on justice for the oppressed in the world We have been able to gain respect for Nigeria and secure Nigeria s place as an important partner and player at the multilateral level he said Onyeama described the high level segment of the 77th UNGA as very successful from Nigeria s perspective The centerpiece of the event for us was the national statement by the president which was very well received He touched on sensitive national regional and global issues We had good mix of bilateral meetings with other countries as well as engagements with the private sector Onyeama said IU NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UNGA: President Buhari has positioned Nigeria as bastion of democracy in Africa – Onyeama
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    UNGA: President Buhari has positioned Nigeria as bastion of democracy in Africa – Onyeama

    UNGA: President Buhari has positioned Nigeria as bastion of democracy in Africa – Onyeama UNGA By Emmanuel Acha New York, Sept. 25, President Muhammadu Buhari has in the last seven years positioned Nigeria as a bastion of democracy, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama has said.

    Onyeama disclosed this on Sunday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in New York, following the conclusion of the High Level Segment of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

    The minister said that Buhari had within the period showcased Nigeria as champion of good governance and an important partner in the sub-region and beyond.

    He said that Nigeria’s participation in the assembly within the period afforded it the opportunity to present positive image of the country.

    “Within that period of time we have been praised for the role we played in ensuring that democracy survived in The Gambia as well as in pushing for peace in the West African subregion.

    “We have been successful in areas such as getting through resolutions of the UN on the illicit financial flows which we could not achieve for many years,” he said.

    According to the minister, compared to what the situation was in the past, Nigeria has been able to show a lot more pro-action in respect of its foreign policy engagements.

    Onyeama said that Nigeria played important roles in big UN processes such as immigration and emigration.

    “We have been seen as a champion for the nuclear disarmament and a nuclear free world because we were very active in those areas.

    “During this period, we have been at the forefront of actions to push for global justice and peace, advocating on justice for the oppressed in the world.

    “We have been able to gain respect for Nigeria and secure Nigeria’s place as an important partner and player at the multilateral level,” he said.

    Onyeama described the high level segment of the 77th UNGA as very successful from Nigeria’s perspective.

    “The centerpiece of the event for us was the national statement by the president which was very well received.

    “He touched on sensitive national, regional and global issues.

    We had good mix of bilateral meetings with other countries as well as engagements with the private sector,” Onyeama said.

    IU
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  •   Harvest from Nigeria s global economic summit in New York by Garba Shehu Harvest from Nigeria s global economic summit in New York by Garba Shehu On Thursday last week the Nigeria International Economic Partnership Forum was held in Manhattan New York in the middle of the most important international event of the year the United Nations General Assembly UNGA The Forum was enormously popular attracting some 500 guests and delegates almost double the expected number While this resulted in a somewhat chaotic atmosphere at times the Forum was a resounding success a clear indication of investor confidence in Nigeria Nigeria is the biggest economy in Africa and seeks to raise GDP to USD 965 billion almost a trillion Dollars by 2027 Under President Muhammadu Buhari the nation has recorded marked progress in highways construction bridges railway power electrification and capacity addition in airports and their modernization As the President spoke making the determination of his government to open more and more sectors of the economy to the private sector a particular participant stunned not a few when he announced that he manages pension funds of USD 1 3 Trillion money well in excess Nigeria s current GDP five times over First well over a billion dollars worth of deals benefitting Nigeria and her partners were signed at the Forum including a 1 3 billion investment from Sun Africa for a new solar energy project 70 million ring fenced by Adryada and Noblesse Green Energy for a new biodiversity project strategic financing support for a new refinery on the Niger Delta announced by Honeywell UOP and a major philanthropic investment in data for Nigerian schools announced by Airtel Africa that would be setting up internet connection for 100 schools each year for five years running A highlight of the event was the Presidential Luncheon which saw Guest of Honour President Buhari joined by CEOs and Senior Executives from some of the largest and most prominent American and African companies including GE Chevron Honeywell Bell Flight Sun Africa McGraw Hill American Tower and many more The full guest list of participants included the American Tower Corporation Aveva Big Sun Holdings Citi CrossBoundry Group Cure Violence Global Entrust Educational Testing Service ExxonMobil GE Healthcare Gilead Sciences and Hello Tractor Also in attendance were Google McLarty Associates Medici Land Governance NBA Odum Capital Oracle Pearson Rendeavour Roche Seed Global Health Standard Bank UBA America the AfDB African EXIM Bank and its US equivalent Export Import Bank of United States headed by Reta Jo Lewis the first ever African American to lead the organization and the Jeddah based Islamic Development Bank IDB We had also in actual participation the World Food Program WFP the Food and Agriculture Organization FAO the International Fund for Agriculture IFAD and NEPAD agency for Africa Of course no one could have overlooked the overarching presence and actual participation of the Corporate Council of Africa whose current President Florie Liser addressed the meeting saying that the organization is pushing for a private sector roadmap to support investment in several sectors to aid economic growth in Nigeria Some of the this country s biggest corporations were also represented at the highest levels including but not limited to the great oil behemoth the NNPC Limited the Nigerian Ports Authority the NIPC NEXIM Bank Ndimi s Oriental Energy First Bank Airtel Flour Mills Nigeria the Fertilizer Producers Association of Nigeria the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association of Nigeria and so many others Interestingly there were also in attendance several young Nigerian entrepreneurs who are continually making their mark on the global business landscape After breakfast and the opening session we had the first plenary on Nigeria s economic outlook and the second one on high level conversations about scaling up international partnerships for Nigeria on the development drive Thereafter eight breakout sessions convened simultaneously for the real business that brought everyone here There was a thematic group seeking answers to important questions about growing Nigeria s agriculture for food security and access to export market It addressed questions of increased investment in fertilizer and urea opportunities for Nigeria EU partnerships in view of the Russia Ukraine war and such issues as the need for technology support and innovative financing mechanisms for agriculture Nigeria s Oil and Gas sector came under discussion with a focus on reforms results and the road ahead where international interest was canvassed for the two pipeline projects taking Nigeria s gas to Europe through Morocco and Algeria Awareness was also raised by the NNPC Limited on the dangers of crude oil to Nigeria and the world at large They called it blood oil The investment climate in Nigeria including systemic risk issues and the vistas of the African Continental Trade Agreement were also brought under focus Infrastructure opportunities in power clean energy transportation and water came under discussion as did the ways and means of increasing capital flows into Nigeria industrial financing international development financing and the road to greater financial inclusion Nigeria also brought for international discussion at this forum the quest for scaling up international resources for financing education in the continent as well the need for innovative deal making mechanisms to link government deal sponsors and international pools capital in the health sector There was also a very comprehensive discussion on the next steps for technology development emerging technologies satellite technology digital communication financing clean industries and the use of technology to combat insecurity There have been some of criticisms about the size of the venue and the number of guests it can only be said that those making those criticisms have never experienced New York during UNGA one of the world s busiest and most important international events attended yearly by world leaders from around the globe The President himself pointed to the significance of the representation at the forum when he said the beauty of this forum is that the Ministers responsible for all of these sectors are here today as are some of Nigeria s premier business leaders who are already excelling in these spaces There were some who criticized the quality of speakers at the Forum With a lineup that included the President himself the country s most senior ministers and the most senior executives from those prominent companies already mentioned these claims can only be described as inaccurate As for those bandying around other names of supposed speakers who did not attend they are merely misinformed and taking their information from a dated draft list of potential invitees not from the final list Sadly there are those who will always seek to criticize Nigeria for their own political gain and put her down even in moments of her greatest success The resoundingly successful Nigeria International Economic Partnership Forum is a clear example We look forward to an equally successful repeat next year Nigeria has everyone to thank for this successful program and not least in this category is the Chief of Staff to the President Professor Ibrahim Gambari a veteran of the UN and global systems who was the linchpin of the entire event Garba Shehu is the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Harvest from Nigeria’s global economic summit in New York, by Garba Shehu
      Harvest from Nigeria s global economic summit in New York by Garba Shehu Harvest from Nigeria s global economic summit in New York by Garba Shehu On Thursday last week the Nigeria International Economic Partnership Forum was held in Manhattan New York in the middle of the most important international event of the year the United Nations General Assembly UNGA The Forum was enormously popular attracting some 500 guests and delegates almost double the expected number While this resulted in a somewhat chaotic atmosphere at times the Forum was a resounding success a clear indication of investor confidence in Nigeria Nigeria is the biggest economy in Africa and seeks to raise GDP to USD 965 billion almost a trillion Dollars by 2027 Under President Muhammadu Buhari the nation has recorded marked progress in highways construction bridges railway power electrification and capacity addition in airports and their modernization As the President spoke making the determination of his government to open more and more sectors of the economy to the private sector a particular participant stunned not a few when he announced that he manages pension funds of USD 1 3 Trillion money well in excess Nigeria s current GDP five times over First well over a billion dollars worth of deals benefitting Nigeria and her partners were signed at the Forum including a 1 3 billion investment from Sun Africa for a new solar energy project 70 million ring fenced by Adryada and Noblesse Green Energy for a new biodiversity project strategic financing support for a new refinery on the Niger Delta announced by Honeywell UOP and a major philanthropic investment in data for Nigerian schools announced by Airtel Africa that would be setting up internet connection for 100 schools each year for five years running A highlight of the event was the Presidential Luncheon which saw Guest of Honour President Buhari joined by CEOs and Senior Executives from some of the largest and most prominent American and African companies including GE Chevron Honeywell Bell Flight Sun Africa McGraw Hill American Tower and many more The full guest list of participants included the American Tower Corporation Aveva Big Sun Holdings Citi CrossBoundry Group Cure Violence Global Entrust Educational Testing Service ExxonMobil GE Healthcare Gilead Sciences and Hello Tractor Also in attendance were Google McLarty Associates Medici Land Governance NBA Odum Capital Oracle Pearson Rendeavour Roche Seed Global Health Standard Bank UBA America the AfDB African EXIM Bank and its US equivalent Export Import Bank of United States headed by Reta Jo Lewis the first ever African American to lead the organization and the Jeddah based Islamic Development Bank IDB We had also in actual participation the World Food Program WFP the Food and Agriculture Organization FAO the International Fund for Agriculture IFAD and NEPAD agency for Africa Of course no one could have overlooked the overarching presence and actual participation of the Corporate Council of Africa whose current President Florie Liser addressed the meeting saying that the organization is pushing for a private sector roadmap to support investment in several sectors to aid economic growth in Nigeria Some of the this country s biggest corporations were also represented at the highest levels including but not limited to the great oil behemoth the NNPC Limited the Nigerian Ports Authority the NIPC NEXIM Bank Ndimi s Oriental Energy First Bank Airtel Flour Mills Nigeria the Fertilizer Producers Association of Nigeria the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association of Nigeria and so many others Interestingly there were also in attendance several young Nigerian entrepreneurs who are continually making their mark on the global business landscape After breakfast and the opening session we had the first plenary on Nigeria s economic outlook and the second one on high level conversations about scaling up international partnerships for Nigeria on the development drive Thereafter eight breakout sessions convened simultaneously for the real business that brought everyone here There was a thematic group seeking answers to important questions about growing Nigeria s agriculture for food security and access to export market It addressed questions of increased investment in fertilizer and urea opportunities for Nigeria EU partnerships in view of the Russia Ukraine war and such issues as the need for technology support and innovative financing mechanisms for agriculture Nigeria s Oil and Gas sector came under discussion with a focus on reforms results and the road ahead where international interest was canvassed for the two pipeline projects taking Nigeria s gas to Europe through Morocco and Algeria Awareness was also raised by the NNPC Limited on the dangers of crude oil to Nigeria and the world at large They called it blood oil The investment climate in Nigeria including systemic risk issues and the vistas of the African Continental Trade Agreement were also brought under focus Infrastructure opportunities in power clean energy transportation and water came under discussion as did the ways and means of increasing capital flows into Nigeria industrial financing international development financing and the road to greater financial inclusion Nigeria also brought for international discussion at this forum the quest for scaling up international resources for financing education in the continent as well the need for innovative deal making mechanisms to link government deal sponsors and international pools capital in the health sector There was also a very comprehensive discussion on the next steps for technology development emerging technologies satellite technology digital communication financing clean industries and the use of technology to combat insecurity There have been some of criticisms about the size of the venue and the number of guests it can only be said that those making those criticisms have never experienced New York during UNGA one of the world s busiest and most important international events attended yearly by world leaders from around the globe The President himself pointed to the significance of the representation at the forum when he said the beauty of this forum is that the Ministers responsible for all of these sectors are here today as are some of Nigeria s premier business leaders who are already excelling in these spaces There were some who criticized the quality of speakers at the Forum With a lineup that included the President himself the country s most senior ministers and the most senior executives from those prominent companies already mentioned these claims can only be described as inaccurate As for those bandying around other names of supposed speakers who did not attend they are merely misinformed and taking their information from a dated draft list of potential invitees not from the final list Sadly there are those who will always seek to criticize Nigeria for their own political gain and put her down even in moments of her greatest success The resoundingly successful Nigeria International Economic Partnership Forum is a clear example We look forward to an equally successful repeat next year Nigeria has everyone to thank for this successful program and not least in this category is the Chief of Staff to the President Professor Ibrahim Gambari a veteran of the UN and global systems who was the linchpin of the entire event Garba Shehu is the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Harvest from Nigeria’s global economic summit in New York, by Garba Shehu
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    Harvest from Nigeria’s global economic summit in New York, by Garba Shehu

    Harvest from Nigeria’s global economic summit in New York, by Garba Shehu Harvest from Nigeria’s global economic summit in New York, by Garba Shehu  On Thursday last week, the Nigeria International Economic Partnership Forum was held in Manhattan, New York in the middle of the most important international event of the year: the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). 

    The Forum was enormously popular, attracting some 500 guests and delegates – almost double the expected number.

    While this resulted in a somewhat chaotic atmosphere at times, the Forum was a resounding success: a clear indication of investor confidence in Nigeria.

    Nigeria is the biggest economy in Africa and seeks to raise GDP to USD 965 billion-almost a trillion Dollars by 2027.Under President Muhammadu Buhari, the nation has recorded marked progress in highways construction, bridges, railway, power, electrification and capacity addition in airports and their modernization. 

    As the President spoke, making the determination of his government to open more and more sectors of the economy to the private sector, a particular participant stunned, not a few when he announced that he manages pension funds of USD 1.3 Trillion, money well in excess Nigeria’s current GDP, five times over.

    First, well over a billion dollars’ worth of deals benefitting Nigeria and her partners were signed at the Forum, including a $1.3 billion investment from Sun Africa for a new solar energy project; $70 million ring-fenced by Adryada and Noblesse Green Energy for a new biodiversity project; strategic financing support for a new refinery on the Niger Delta announced by Honeywell UOP; and a major philanthropic investment in data for Nigerian schools announced by Airtel Africa that would be setting up internet connection for 100 schools each year for five years running.

    A highlight of the event was the Presidential Luncheon, which saw Guest of Honour President Buhari joined by CEOs and Senior Executives from some of the largest and most prominent American and African companies, including GE, Chevron, Honeywell, Bell Flight, Sun Africa, McGraw Hill, American Tower and many more. 

    The full guest list of participants included the American Tower Corporation, Aveva, Big Sun Holdings, Citi, CrossBoundry Group, Cure Violence Global, Entrust, Educational Testing Service, ExxonMobil , GE Healthcare,Gilead Sciences and Hello Tractor.

    Also in attendance were Google, McLarty Associates,Medici Land Governance, NBA, Odum Capital, Oracle, Pearson,Rendeavour, Roche,Seed Global Health, Standard Bank,, UBA America, the AfDB, African EXIM Bank and its US equivalent, Export Import Bank of United States, headed by Reta Jo Lewis, the first ever African-American to lead the organization, and the Jeddah-based Islamic Development Bank, IDB.

    We had also in actual participation, the World Food Program, WFP, the Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO, the International Fund for Agriculture, IFAD and NEPAD agency for Africa.

    Of course no one could have overlooked the overarching presence and actual participation of the Corporate Council of Africa whose current President, Florie Liser addressed the meeting, saying that the organization is pushing for a private sector roadmap to support investment in several sectors to aid economic growth in Nigeria.

    Some of the this country’s biggest corporations were also represented at the highest levels, including, but not limited to the great oil behemoth, the NNPC Limited, the Nigerian Ports Authority, the NIPC, NEXIM Bank, Ndimi’s Oriental Energy, First Bank, Airtel, Flour Mills Nigeria, the Fertilizer Producers Association of Nigeria, the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association of Nigeria and so many others.

    Interestingly, there were also in attendance, several young Nigerian entrepreneurs who are continually making their mark on the global business landscape.

    After breakfast and the opening session, we had the first plenary on Nigeria’s economic outlook and the second one on high level conversations about scaling up international partnerships for Nigeria on the development drive.

    Thereafter, eight breakout sessions convened simultaneously for the real business that brought everyone here.

    There was a thematic group seeking answers to important questions about growing Nigeria’s agriculture for food security and access to export market.

    It addressed questions of increased investment in fertilizer and urea, opportunities for Nigeria-EU partnerships in view of the Russia-Ukraine war and such issues as the need for technology support and innovative financing mechanisms for agriculture.

    Nigeria’s Oil and Gas sector came under discussion with a focus on “reforms, results and the road ahead,” where international interest was canvassed for the two pipeline projects taking Nigeria’s gas to Europe through Morocco and Algeria.

    Awareness was also raised by the NNPC Limited on the dangers of crude oil to Nigeria and the world at large.

    They called it “blood oil.

    ”The investment climate in Nigeria including systemic risk issues and the vistas of the African Continental Trade Agreement were also brought under focus.

    Infrastructure opportunities in power, clean energy, transportation and water came under discussion, as did the ways and means of increasing capital flows into Nigeria, industrial financing, international development financing and the road to greater financial inclusion.

    Nigeria also brought for international discussion at this forum, the quest for scaling up international resources for financing education in the continent as well the need for innovative deal-making mechanisms to link government, deal sponsors and international pools capital in the health sector.

    There was also a very comprehensive discussion on the next steps for technology development: emerging technologies, satellite technology, digital communication, financing clean industries and the use of technology to combat insecurity.

    There have been some of criticisms about the size of the venue and the number of guests; it can only be said that those making those criticisms have never experienced New York during UNGA – one of the world’s busiest and most important international events attended yearly by world leaders from around the globe. 

    The President himself pointed to the significance of the representation at the forum when he said “ the beauty of this forum is that the Ministers responsible for all of these sectors are here today, as are some of Nigeria’s premier business leaders who are already excelling in these spaces.

    ”There were some who criticized the quality of speakers at the Forum.

    With a lineup that included the President himself, the country’s most senior ministers and the most senior executives from those prominent companies already mentioned, these claims can only be described as inaccurate.

    As for those bandying around other names of supposed speakers who did not attend, they are merely misinformed, and taking their information from a dated, draft list of potential invitees – not from the final list. 

    Sadly, there are those who will always seek to criticize Nigeria for their own political gain and put her down even in moments of her greatest success.

    The resoundingly successful Nigeria International Economic Partnership Forum is a clear example.

    We look forward to an equally successful repeat next year.

    Nigeria has everyone to thank for this successful program, and not least in this category is the Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, a veteran of the UN and global systems who was the linchpin of the entire event.

    Garba Shehu is the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity
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  •  The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources Timipre Sylva has assured Nigerians that rehabilitation of the Port Harcourt refinery would soon be completed and that the plant would refine 60 000 barrels of crude by early 2023 Sylva gave the assurance while speaking with newsmen in New York at the ongoing 77th of the United Nations General Assembly UNGA The minister spoke after the official launch of the Nigeria Integrated National Financing Framework Report INFF the event organised by the Nigerian Government United Nations Development Programme UNDP and European Union He said the MoU signed on the modular refineries would help the growth of refining capacity saying our target as a nation is not necessarily to become self sufficient in the petroleum products but to become a net exporter of petroleum products We are expecting that by the end of this year 60 000 barrels capacity per day refinery in Port Harcourt will be functional and we also expecting first quarter of next year Dangote refinery that will also be functional So we are trying to add to that and of course you know that there is work going on in Warri Refinery and in Lasuna Refinery So we also want to have other refineries that will complement these refineries because in the end we are not talking about self sufficiency but a net exporter of petroleum as a country the minister said On the launch of INFF Sylva said it was a great event for the stakeholders in the oil and gas industry sector in Nigeria This is the first outing after the passage of the Petroleum Industry Act PIA and we want to signal to the world that we are ready for investors This has given us the opportunity to engage those who are very interested on the sidelines of the UN and we were quite happy as a government to take advantage of this opportunity he said The minister said the SDGs frameworks were integral part of the national development and growth and that s why we should mainstream it at the end of every year We should be able to measure how each ministry has contributed to the achievement of the SDGs That is really what development is about if we are not able to achieve as the SDGs as a nation then it will impact the general growth of our nation So right now what we have being trying to do is to ensure that the SDGs are mainstreamed So really whatever is happening in the government will be geared towards advancing the achievement of the SDGs he said Sylva argued that if the SDGs were mainstreamed in the national goals adding that whatever is happening in the government will have a direct impact on the achievement of the SDGs The SDGs should be mainstreamed so that total apparatus of government is geared towards achieving the SDGs instead of taking the SDGs as a sideline thing to be looked at by some of the agencies he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UNGA77: P/Harcourt refinery to produce 60,000 barrels/day soon – Minister
     The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources Timipre Sylva has assured Nigerians that rehabilitation of the Port Harcourt refinery would soon be completed and that the plant would refine 60 000 barrels of crude by early 2023 Sylva gave the assurance while speaking with newsmen in New York at the ongoing 77th of the United Nations General Assembly UNGA The minister spoke after the official launch of the Nigeria Integrated National Financing Framework Report INFF the event organised by the Nigerian Government United Nations Development Programme UNDP and European Union He said the MoU signed on the modular refineries would help the growth of refining capacity saying our target as a nation is not necessarily to become self sufficient in the petroleum products but to become a net exporter of petroleum products We are expecting that by the end of this year 60 000 barrels capacity per day refinery in Port Harcourt will be functional and we also expecting first quarter of next year Dangote refinery that will also be functional So we are trying to add to that and of course you know that there is work going on in Warri Refinery and in Lasuna Refinery So we also want to have other refineries that will complement these refineries because in the end we are not talking about self sufficiency but a net exporter of petroleum as a country the minister said On the launch of INFF Sylva said it was a great event for the stakeholders in the oil and gas industry sector in Nigeria This is the first outing after the passage of the Petroleum Industry Act PIA and we want to signal to the world that we are ready for investors This has given us the opportunity to engage those who are very interested on the sidelines of the UN and we were quite happy as a government to take advantage of this opportunity he said The minister said the SDGs frameworks were integral part of the national development and growth and that s why we should mainstream it at the end of every year We should be able to measure how each ministry has contributed to the achievement of the SDGs That is really what development is about if we are not able to achieve as the SDGs as a nation then it will impact the general growth of our nation So right now what we have being trying to do is to ensure that the SDGs are mainstreamed So really whatever is happening in the government will be geared towards advancing the achievement of the SDGs he said Sylva argued that if the SDGs were mainstreamed in the national goals adding that whatever is happening in the government will have a direct impact on the achievement of the SDGs The SDGs should be mainstreamed so that total apparatus of government is geared towards achieving the SDGs instead of taking the SDGs as a sideline thing to be looked at by some of the agencies he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UNGA77: P/Harcourt refinery to produce 60,000 barrels/day soon – Minister
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    UNGA77: P/Harcourt refinery to produce 60,000 barrels/day soon – Minister

    The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, has assured Nigerians that rehabilitation of the Port Harcourt refinery would soon be completed and that the plant would refine 60,000 barrels of crude by early 2023. Sylva gave the assurance while speaking with newsmen in New York at  the ongoing 77th of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

    The minister spoke after the official launch of the Nigeria Integrated National Financing Framework Report (INFF), the event organised by the Nigerian Government, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and European Union.

    He said the MoU signed on the modular refineries would help the growth of refining capacity, saying “our target as a nation is not necessarily to become self-sufficient in the petroleum products but to become a net exporter of petroleum products.

    “We are expecting that by the end of this year 60,000 barrels capacity per day refinery in Port Harcourt will be functional and we also expecting first quarter of next year Dangote refinery that will also be functional.

    “So, we are trying to add to that and of course you know that there is work going on in Warri Refinery and in Lasuna Refinery.

    “So, we also want to have other refineries that will complement these refineries because in the end, we are not talking about self-sufficiency but a net exporter of petroleum as a country,’’ the minister said.

    On the launch of INFF, Sylva said it was a great event for the stakeholders in the oil and gas industry sector in Nigeria.

    “This is the first outing after the passage of the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) and we want to signal to the world that we are ready for investors.

    “This has given us the opportunity to engage those who are very interested on the sidelines of the UN and we were quite happy as a government to take advantage of this opportunity,’’ he said.

    The minister said the SDGs frameworks were integral part of the national development and growth and “that’s why we should mainstream it at the end of every year”.

    “We should be able to measure how each ministry has contributed to the achievement of the SDGs. “That is really what development is about, if we are not able to achieve as the SDGs as a nation, then it will impact the general growth of our nation.

    “So, right now, what we have being trying to do is to ensure that the SDGs are mainstreamed.

    So, really, whatever is happening in the government, will be geared towards advancing the achievement of the SDGs,’’ he said.

    Sylva argued that if the SDGs were mainstreamed in the national goals, adding that whatever is happening in the government will have a direct impact on the achievement of the SDGs. “The SDGs should be mainstreamed so that total apparatus of government is geared towards achieving the SDGs instead of taking the SDGs as a sideline thing to be looked at by some of the agencies,’’ he said.


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