President Bola Tinubu is set to leave Abuja this Sunday to participate in the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, United States of America.
Chief Ajuri Ngelale, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, revealed this during a briefing with State House correspondents on Friday.
The Presidential spokesman revealed that the President aims to take advantage of this opportunity to hold bilateral discussions with other heads of state and prominent figures in the global economic community.
Ngelale said, ‘Aside from the engagements he’s going to be having at the General Assembly, there are series of very important side activities that will have wide ranging ramifications on the Nigerian economy.’
‘Following Mr. President’s successful trip to New Delhi for the G-20 and the staggering amount of investment he has been able to attract to Nigeria in a very short period of time, he is going to continue advancing very aggressively on his economic development, diplomatic drive, to attract foreign direct investment into the country.’
‘So with that, I would like to inform you that His Excellency Mr. President will be having the following meetings with major chief executives and leaders of multinational firms cutting across multiple sectors of the economy.’
‘The President will be meeting with the President of the Microsoft company worldwide, Brad Smith, with respect to how we can deepen digital transformation in the country, and to how we can expand the digital economic footprint in the country to ensure that our micro and small enterprises will have access to the internet and have access to other smart technologies that will facilitate their ability to transact business quickly and efficiently.’
‘Mr. President will also be meeting with Sir Nick Clegg who is the president of Global Affairs for Meta technologies, that is expected to be a wide ranging conversation with respect to how we can leverage on new innovations such as artificial intelligence and certain other applications to impact the way we do business in Nigeria.’
‘He will also be meeting with the global CEO of General Electric. Of course, the General Electric is a very well known international organization that cuts across multiple sectors, they have very deep involvement in the energy sector electric power generation aviation, you know, engine production for multiple modes of transportation, amongst many other inputs. So we expect that to be a very important interaction.’
Ngelale also mentioned that the President’s itinerary includes a meeting with the Global CEO of Exxon Mobil Oil and Gas Company.
He pointed out that the federal government considers this a prime opportunity to elaborate on Nigeria’s offerings concerning the implementation of the Petroleum Industry Act and the fiscal and tax incentives introduced by the present administration.
He mentioned that the diplomatic meeting will play a pivotal role in advancing investments in the oil and gas sector, with a particular focus on the burgeoning gas sector.
‘All these engagements will include bilateral meetings on the sidelines, with the President of the United States, with the President of Comoros, with the President of South Africa, with the President of the European Union Commission, with the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, with the King of Jordan, with the Algerian President, with the Brazilian President and with the Spanish Prime Minister.’
‘It’s still dynamic. There are some that will still be added, but it’s fair to say that within a very short few days in New York, His Excellency President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, will certainly be one of the most active and one of the most sought after heads of state with respect to his engagement in both bilateral and multilateral platforms,’ he added.