President Buhari Departs Paris for Durban
Omolosho Fatai Olamilekan
President Muhammadu Buhari will, on Saturday, leave Paris for Durban, South Africa, to attend the 2nd Intra-African Trade Fair (IATF) 2021 which will hold on Monday.
This is according to a statement issued by Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, on Saturday.
He said the President would join other African leaders at the Official Opening Ceremony of the IATF 2021 at a special invitation by President Cyril Ramaphosa.
According to the statement, Buhari will be accompanied on the trip by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Niyi Adebayo; Director General, National Intelligence Agency, Amb. Ahmed Rufai Abubakar; and the Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer of Nigerian Export Promotion Council, Segun Awolowo.
The theme of the Fair was noted as “Building Bridges for a Successful AfCFTA aims at boosting trade and investment across the African continent.”
“It also promises to create the enabling environment for businesses to thrive across the African continent; bring to fruition the lofty ideas behind the creation of the AfCFTA by providing the platform to further identify and proffer solutions to challenges militating against intra-African trade and; generate market information needed to connect buyers and sellers throughout the continent.
“Global businesses including non-African international brands are expected to key into opportunities generated by the fair, thereby attracting for the continent trade and investment deals worth $40billion. Various Nigerian investors are already in Durban to take advantage of the event,” the statement said.
Adesina noted that he is expected to be back in the country on Tuesday, November 16.
President Muhammadu Buhari had departed Abuja for Glasgow, Scotland on October 31 to attend the 26th Conference of Parties (COP26) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
He thereafter traveled to Paris, France on an official visit to reciprocate an earlier one to Nigeria by the French President, Emmanuel Macron, and also attend the Paris Peace forum 2021, the fourth edition to be hosted by the French President.
While in Paris, the Nigerian government organised the Nigeria-Paris Forum. The event pulled a crowd of Nigerian and French investors, government and business leaders, diplomats and the media in the hope of showcasing opportunities on both sides as well as bringing enlightenment to bear on the prevailing security, economic and investment climate in Nigeria.