President Muhammadu Buhari will depart the country for Paris, the capital of France, on Sunday to attend the African Finance Summit.
This was made known in a statement published on the Twitter handle of the Presidency on Saturday.
According to the Presidency, President Buhari will be away for an official visit to the French capital for four days.
It noted that the summit “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 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 read.
The Presidency also said President Buhari will meet with President Macron, with the duo expected to discuss a wide range of issues such as insecurity in the Sahel, political and economic ties, partnership to improve Nigeria’s health sector and contain the spread of COVID-19.
“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 added.
Those expected to be in the entourage of the president are Geoffrey Onyeama, minister of foreign affairs; Zainab Ahmed, minister of budget and national planning; Niyi Adebayo, minister of trade and investment; and Osagie Ehanire, minister of health.
Babagana Monguno, national security adviser, and Ahmed Abubakar, director-general of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) are also expected to be part of the trip.