Buhari to meet UK Prime Minister at UK-Africa Summit in London - Focus News


Thursday, 16 January 2020

Buhari to meet UK Prime Minister at UK-Africa Summit in London

President Muhammadu Buhari will be leading the Nigerian delegate to the UK-Africa Investment Summit, scheduled to hold next week Monday in London.

The summit is expected to be a great opportunity for Nigeria and other African countries to discuss business and investment and will serve the chance to project trade and investment which will cut across agriculture, enterprise, infrastructure and technology which would foster lasting partnerships in delivering rapid growth in job creation and business opportunity across Africa and the United Kingdom.

The summit would be pioneered by the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Nigeria and all other African countries will be participants.

While announcing the summit  this week in Lagos, the British Deputy High Commissioner in Lagos, Harriet Thompson, made it known that "The UK-Africa Investment Summit is a major opportunity to support growth, development and job creation in Nigeria, including President Buhari's commitment to expanding agriculture and manufacturing.

"Nigeria will be highly visible: the only country to participate in every Africa Investment Summit (AIS) event, and Nigeria's companies will be out in force: one in seven of the African companies attending will be Nigerian." Harriet added.

The British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, will be meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari and will also be attending a reception that would be hosted by Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

In advance of the Summit, the UK Government through the Department for International Development, worked with the Nigeria Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC) to develop a new Nigeria Investment Guide, which will be launched at the summit. The guide will help investors understand the opportunities and find out about the Nigerian organisations, processes and services in place to help make the most of them.

Other African countries would also be looking to promote their investment offers.
The summit, which is the largest Africa investment event outside of Africa, is expected to host over 1,500 from over 30 African countries, where the Nigerian delegation will have the chance to engage investors on business environment issues and to emphasise Nigeria's commitment to continuing to improve conditions for doing business, as recognised in its steady climb up the World Bank's Doing Business index from 146th to 131st in last October's report.

Source: This Day

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