President Bola Tinubu, along with leaders from Malawi, Zambia, and Guinea Bissau, is set to participate in the yearly International Trade/Investment Forum & Award Reception organised by the Foreign Investment Network, taking place on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, USA.
In a statement issued by Mr. Dominic Ajayi, the Chief Operating Officer of FIN, it was confirmed on Sunday that Lazarus Chakwera from Malawi, Hakainde Hichilema from Zambia, and Sissoco Embalo from Guinea Bissau will be participating in the event.
Ajayi explained that the theme of this year’s forum, ‘Power for Africa,’ is designed to catalyse Africa’s economic progress by promoting cooperation, innovation, and visionary leadership.
President Tinubu will be joined by six Nigerian State Governors and seven ministers as part of the Nigerian delegation at the global event.
The six Nigerian State Governors accompanying President Tinubu to the global event include Hope Uzodinma of Imo, Umo Eno of Akwa Ibom, Mohammed Yahaya of Gombe State, Uba Sani of Kaduna State, AbdulRahman AbdulRazak of Kwara State, and Seyi Makinde of Oyo State.
The seven ministers are: Minister of Foreign Affairs, Yusuf Tuggar; Coordinating Minister of the Economy and Finance, Wale Edun; Coordinating Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Dr Mohammed Pate; Minister of Defence, Abubakar Badaru; Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dele Alake; Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Dr Betta Edu; and Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr Doris Uzoka-Anite.
Ajayi also mentioned that among the guest speakers at the event are President Tinubu, Governor Hope Uzodinma, and Dr. Betta Edu.
Ajayi stated that the primary objective of FIN in hosting the forum is to bring attention to Africa’s abundant prospects in international trade and investment.
The statement read ‘At the heart of the discussions is the recognition of strong leadership as a catalyst for unlocking these opportunities, ushering in a new era of transformative growth.’
‘The crescendo of the event will be a prestigious award ceremony, honoring exceptional individuals and organizations that are charting groundbreaking paths for Africa’s progress.’
‘This event promises to be a convergence of inspiration, knowledge, and celebration, providing attendees with unparalleled insights and networking opportunities’
Ajayi also stated that the event is poised to redefine the discourse around energy and development.
‘Set against the backdrop of global challenges, this event will bring together leaders, experts, and stakeholders to deliberate on strategies for enhancing power infrastructure across the African continent.’
‘The Power for Africa Conference is designed to facilitate robust dialogues on sustainable energy solutions, exploring how they can drive economic progress, ensure social inclusion, and advance environmental sustainability,’ he noted.
Following his speech during Tuesday’s general debate, Tinubu is scheduled to engage in one-on-one discussions with various global leaders, including President Joe Biden of the United States, President Ursula von der Leyen of the European Union Commission, Inácio Lula da Silva of Brazil, and Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa.
Others include the President of Comoros, Azali Assoumani, who is Chairman of the African Union; Algeria, Abdelmadjid Tebboune; Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte; Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez and King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein of Jordan.