7 July 2013

Nigeria: President Leads Delegation to China

Abuja — Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan will lead high-level officials on a five-day state visit to China on Monday, to meet with leaders and captains of industries in the east Asian nation, according to a statement released by the presidency.

Reuben Abati, spokesperson of the Nigerian leader, said the delegation will include governors, members of the National Assembly, ministers and representatives of the private sector, among others.

"The president will leave Abuja on Monday evening," the statement said, adding Jonathan is scheduled to hold separate meetings with his Chinese top government officials.

Talks between Jonathan and the Chinese leaders will focus on greater bilateral cooperation in the development of public infrastructure, oil and gas, power supply, agriculture, communications and tourism, the statement said.

"It is expected that before the conclusion of the visit on Friday, July 12, new bilateral agreements and memoranda of understanding will be concluded and signed," it added.

Among governors to accompany the Nigerian leader on the trip are Theodore Orji, Peter Obi, Ibrahim Dankwambo and Isa Yuguda of Abia, Anambra, Gombe and Bauchi states respectively, the statement indicated.

Also in the team are Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Finance, Petroleum, Works, Agriculture, Aviation, Solid Minerals, Transport, National Planning, Trade and Investment, Niger Delta, Justice, Culture and Tourism, as well as the Minister of State for Defence, the presidency mentioned further in the statement.

The statement pointed out that the Nigerian president will participate in a special session of the Nigeria/China Investment Forum which will be attended by leading Chinese investors and their Nigerian counterparts.

"His engagements in Beijing will include inauguration of the new Nigerian Embassy building and laying the foundation stone for the residence of Nigeria's Ambassador to China," it added.

The Nigerian president is also billed to hold meeting with members of the Nigerian community in China, according to the statement.

The president and his delegation will visit Daqing in China's Heilongjiang Province to confer with leaders of the provincial government, after which he will tour the Daqing Petrochemical Industry and Agricultural Demonstration Farm, during his stay in China.

Since February 10, 1971 when the bilateral relations were set up between Nigeria and China, exchanges and cooperation have been in smooth water.


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