Nigeria’s Vice President Embarks On Diplomatic Mission To China

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Kashim Shettima, the Vice President of Nigeria, departed from Abuja for Beijing, China, on a diplomatic mission to represent President Bola Tinubu at the third Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) Forum, which is scheduled to take place from October 16 to 18. Shettima will join leaders from more than 130 countries to discuss the theme of “High-quality Belt and Road Cooperation: Together for Common Development and Prosperity.”

His primary objective is to attract investors, and foster trade and investment opportunities in line with the Nigerian government’s agenda.

The 2023 edition of the BRI marks the 10th anniversary of this global development initiative championed by Chinese President Xi Jinping, which aims to enhance cooperation, and promote investment in nearly 70 countries across Asia, Africa, and Europe via land and maritime routes.

In 2018, Nigeria, represented by President Muhammadu Buhari, signed a cooperation agreement with China under the Belt and Road Initiative, which is expected to benefit the country in various infrastructure sectors, including ports, skyscrapers, railroads, roads, bridges, airports, dams, and coal-fired power stations.

Shettima’s delegation includes several key ministers and officials, such as the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Budget and Economic Planning, Minister of Transportation, Minister of Works, Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Managing Director of the Nigeria Railway Corporation, and the Director General of the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission.

Furthermore, in line with the food security and diversification policy of the Tinubu administration, Vice President Shettima will head to the United States of America after his China visit. There, he is expected to deliver the keynote address at the African Development Bank (AfDB) and World Food Prize-facilitated by Norman E. Borlaug International Dialogue, commencing on October 24. This prestigious event will bring together distinguished African and international leaders to discuss key agricultural and food security issues.

Vice President Shettima will use this opportunity to showcase the agricultural reforms initiated by the Nigerian government, and engage with various stakeholders, partners, and potential investors interested in opportunities within Nigeria.

The statement also mentions that several meetings, and engagements are scheduled for the Vice President during his time in the United States with an expected return to Nigeria following the completion of his commitments in the U.S.A.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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