Buhari jets out to Paris for African Finance Summit

President Muhammadu Buhari will depart Abuja for Paris, France, on a four-day official visit to attend African Finance Summit.

A statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mallam Garba Shehu stated that the summit, which Buhari is scheduled to attend will focus on reviewing African economy, following shocks from Coronavirus pandemic.

The statement, which was issued on Sunday also added that it (the summit) will explore avenue for getting relief, especially from increased debt burden on many African countries.

“The Summit, to be hosted by President Emmanuel Macron, will draw 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.” The statement reads in part.

Shehu also added that Buhari will meet with the French President 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.

“Before returning to Nigeria, President 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, and members of the Nigerian community.” The statement concluded.

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