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USAfrica: Buhari departs for Paris

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Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari will on Sunday, May 16, 2021, depart Abuja for Paris, France, on “a four-day official visit to attend African Finance Summit which will be focused on reviewing African economy, following shocks from Coronavirus pandemic, and getting relief, especially from increased debt burden on countries.” 

The Summit, to be hosted by President Emmanuel Macron, will have “major stakeholders in the global finance institutions and some Heads of Government, who will, collectively, discuss external funding and debt treatment for Africa, and private sector reforms”,according to a news release a few minutes ago from Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant (media and publicity) Garba Shehu.

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During the visit, President Buhari will meet with the President Macron “to discuss growing security threats in Sahel and Lake Chad region, political relations, economic ties, climate change and partnership in buoying the health sector, particularly in checking spread of Covid-19, with more research and vaccines, climate change and partnership in buoying the health sector, particularly in checking spread of Covid-19, with more research and vaccines.” The President 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: National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Babagana Mohammed Monguno (rtd) and Director General of National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Amb. Ahmed Rufai Abubakar.

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