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Nigeria: President Jonathan to attend World Economic Forum in Switzerland

Nigerian President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, will leave Abuja Tuesday for the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, according to a statement from the Presidential spokesman, Dr. Reuben Abati, received here by PANA.

It said that President Jonathan is expected to use the forum to lead efforts to attract beneficial global participation in this year’s World Economic Forum on Africa which will be hosted by Nigeria in Abuja from 7-9 May, 2014.

The President will be accompanied and supported by key members of the Federal Government’s Economic Management Team from the public and private sectors, as well as the Nigerian Economic Summit Group.

The statement said President Jonathan “is scheduled to host special events in Davos aimed at boosting attendance at the economic forum in Abuja by leading players in the world’s political and economic affairs who meet in the Swiss winter resort annually.

It said: “The events which will include an African soiree for participants, and an interactive session with financiers and industrialists, will also seek to further promote Nigeria’s immense economic potentials with a view to attracting more employment generating investments to the country.”

The theme of the World Economic Forum on Africa in Abuja – “Forging Inclusive Growth, Creating Jobs” – is very much in tandem with the Federal Government’s economic priorities for 2014 as enunciated in this year’s national budget proposals, the statement indicated.

It is expected that the forum will bring regional, continental and global leaders together in Abuja to discuss innovative structural reforms and investments which Nigeria and other African nations can buy into to sustain their economic growth, create more productive jobs for their youthful populations and greater prosperity for all their citizens.

While in Davos for the World Economic Forum which has “Reshaping of the World” as its theme, President Jonathan will also participate in a televised session focused on actions needed to ensure that the current positive economic growth trends in Africa endure and yield greater benefits for all stakeholders in the well-being and development of the continent.

The President will have bilateral meetings with other participating heads of state and government, including the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and also receive the chief executives of leading international conglomerates with interest in Nigeria before returning to Abuja on Friday.


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