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Jonathan leaves for WEF 2014

21 January 2014, 08:39Augustine Osayande

Abuja - President Goodluck Jonathan was on Tuesday scheduled to leave Abuja for the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland where he will lead efforts to attract beneficial global participation.

The visit comes ahead of the WEF on Africa which Nigeria will host in Abuja in May.

Reuben Abati Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, said while in Davos for the 2014 Annual Meeting of the WEF, which has "Reshaping of the World" as its theme, President Jonathan would participate in a televised session focused on actions needed to ensure that the currently positive economic growth trends in Africa endured and yielded 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 Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and also receive the chief executives of leading international conglomerates with interest in Nigeria before returning to Abuja on Friday,” said Abati.

Abati added that key members of the Federal Government's Economic Management Team from the public and private sectors will accompany the President.

The Nigerian Economic Summit Group 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 Switzerland annually.

Meanwhile, Abati said the theme of the WEF on Africa would be, “Forging Inclusive Growth, Creating Jobs,” in line with the Federal Government's economic priorities for 2014 as enunciated in this year's national budget proposal.

“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,” added Abati.

– CAJ News


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