This Day (Lagos)

20 November 2012

Nigeria: Jonathan Off to Islamabad for D-8 Summit

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President Goodluck Jonathan.

President Goodluck Jonathan will Tuesday leave for Islamabad, Pakistan to attend the summit of Heads of State and Government of the Group of Eight Developing Nations (D-8) meeting which opens Wednesday.

The president will be accompanied on the trip by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Olugbenga Ashiru, the Minister of Trade and Investment, Dr. Olusegun Aganga, and the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.

A statement by his spokesperson, Dr Reuben Abati, said: "Besides participating in the summit of the D-8 which was established in 1997 to foster developmental cooperation amongst member-countries, the president will also hold bilateral meetings in Islamabad with the Presidents of Pakistan, Malaysia, Turkey, Iran and Egypt whose countries also belong to the D-8."

Other D-8 nations are Nigeria, Bangladesh and Indonesia.

The objectives of the organisation include promoting trade and economic cooperation amongst its members, improving member states' position in the global economy, diversifying and creating new opportunities for them in international trade relations, enhancing their participation in decision-making at the global level, and improving the standards of living of people in the eight member-countries.

During the visit, the President will also meet with Nigerians living in Pakistan. He is expected back in the country on Friday.

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