PMB set to travel to France on Sunday , to attend African finance summit


President Muhammadu Buhari, top government officials will on Sunday depart Abuja for Paris, France, to attend the African Finance summit.

The summit, to be hosted by President Emmanuel Macron, will draw major stakeholders from global financial institutions and some Heads of Government, to review the African economy and recommend solutions to reduce the effects from the Coronavirus pandemic and getting relief on debts.

The summit will also discuss external funding and debt treatment for Africa and private sector reforms.

In a statement by the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu said during the visit, Buhari will also meet with the French President to discuss growing security threats in the Sahel and Lake Chad region, political relations, economic ties, climate change and partnership in buoying the health sector, particularly in checking the spread of  Coronavirus (COVID-19), with more research and vaccines.

“Before returning to Nigeria, Buhari will receive some key players in the oil and gas sector, engineering and telecommunications, European Council and European Union Representative for Foreign and Security Policy and Commission, as well as members of the Nigerian community in France.

He will be accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed, Minister of Trade and Investment, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo, and Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire.

Also on the trip are the National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Mohammed Monguno (rtd) and Director General of National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Amb. Ahmed Rufai Abubakar.


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