President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday departed the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja for Paris, capital of France, on a four-day official trip to attend African Finance Summit which will be focused on reviewing the African economy, aftershocks from the COVID-19 pandemic, and receiving relief, particularly in increased debt burden on countries.
The Summit, being hosted by French President, Mr. Emmanuel Macron, will draw major stakeholders in the global financial institutions and some Heads of Government, who will, collectively, discuss external funding and debt treatment for Africa, and private sector reforms.
During the visit, President Buhari will meet with the French President to discuss growing security dangers in the Sahel and Lake Chad area, political relations, economic ties, climate change and partnership in buoying the health sector, particularly in checking the spread of Covid-19, with much more research and vaccines.
Prior to returning to Nigeria, President Buhari will receive some key players from the oil and gas industry, engineering and telecommunications, European Council and European Union Representative for Foreign and Security Policy and Commission, and members of the Nigerian community.
Also on the trip are National Security Adviser,” Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd) and Director General of National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ambassador Ahmed Abubakar.