Economy

Buhari, Bill Gates, others to speak at global investment forum

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) will be delivering a keynote address at the second edition of the Nigeria International Economic Partnership Forum.

NIEPF, a global economic investment platform organised by the Federal Government in partnership with the Africa Business Roundtable will hold 22 September, 2022.

Disclosed in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu yesterday, NIEPF will hold on the sidelines of the 77th United Nations General Assembly taking place in USA.

The business roundtable is in furtherance of the Federal Government’s bid to open up the country’s economy to international capital and attract foreign investments.

The statement partly reads, “Holding alongside the annual global gathering, the NIEPF is expected to draw the presence of world leaders in politics, economy, media as well as Civil Society organisations and international media to focus on the vast economic potentials of Nigeria and Africa’s leading economy.

“Most significantly, President Muhammadu Buhari will deliver the keynote address at the event and will also host a high-level presidential session with fellow Presidents and Heads of delegations on issues that need joint action for African countries on the development drive such as the Post COVID-19 recovery and financing priorities; Africa’s investment climate and the market as well as de-risking the continent.”

It further stated that the speakers and panellists at the event include President of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, Co-Founder of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Bill Gates, Chief Executive Officer Microsoft Corp, Satya Nadella, United States Secretary of States, Antony Blinken Chief Executive Officer of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg, Director-General of the World Trade OrganisationNgozi Dr. Okonjo-Iweala, President of African Development Bank, Dr Akinwumi Adesina.

The rest are Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister of Foreign Affairs; Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed, Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, among others.

John Kerry, US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate; and Abdul Samad Rabiu, Executive Chairman of BUA Group, who is also the President of the France-Nigeria Business Council.

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