20 January 2013

Nigeria: Jonathan On Working Visits to Switzerland, Ethiopia On Monday

President Goodluck Jonathan will on Monday embark on a working visit to Switzerland and Ethiopia, Presidential Spokesman Reuben Abati has disclosed.

Abati, in a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday, said the President's engagements in Geneva and Davos, Switzerland, would be devoted to drawing the attention of more members of the international business finance community to Nigeria's immense investment potential.

The statement added that Jonathan would meet with Eminent Persons Group on Nigeria's Transformation Agenda in Geneva on Tuesday.

He would thereafter lead a drive to attract greater foreign expertise and capital to boost the Federal Government's efforts to modernise and transform Nigeria's agricultural sector.

Members of the Group included Mr Bill Gates, the former Secretary-General of the United Nations, Dr Kofi Annan, the President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development, Dr Kanayo Nwanze.

Others were the President of the Africa Development Bank, Mr Donald Kaberuka and the Chairman of the Del Monte Produce Group, Mr Mohammed Abu-Ghazaleh.

"The President will at a special session of the annual meeting of the world's leading businessmen and industrialists at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Wednesday also promote new incentives for investment in Nigeria's agricultural sector.

"This is targeted at attracting greater international support for the establishment of a much more successful and profitable agro-allied industry in the country.

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