Vanguard (Lagos)

25 April 2014

Nigeria: Insecurity'll Not Affect World Economic Forum Meeting in Abuja - Jonathan

Abuja -- President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday, reassured the global community that the insecurity in some parts of the country, will have no adverse effect on the safety of participants at next month's World Economic Forum on Africa, in Abuja.

He stated this when he was presented with Letter of Credence by China's new ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Gu Xiaojie.

"Nigeria will give all participants a good reception in Abuja. We have faced challenges in the area of security, but we will overcome the situation so that our economy can move forward faster. Participants will not have a problem with security during the summit," the President assured.

He welcomed the confirmation by China that its delegation to the Forum, which will bring together regional and global leaders to discuss innovative structural reforms and investments that could sustain the continent's current growth trajectory and create jobs, will be led by Premier Li Keqiang.

He said: "I am quite pleased that the Premier of the People's Republic of China has confirmed that he is coming. We will be addressing the World Economic Forum on Africa together.

We will also sit together to discuss shared national interests."

In his remarks, the new Chinese ambassador assured the President of China's confidence in Nigeria's security measures and the country's ability to host the World Economic Forum on Africa successfully.

"From our assessment, we are confident that all is under control and we have relayed that to our people," Mr. Gu Xiaojie said.

He applauded Nigeria's re-basing of its GDP and the country's emergence as the number one economy in Africa, noting that it would certainly stimulate the inflow of more foreign investors.

President Jonathan also received letters of credence from the new Malaysian ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Lim Juay, and the new Ambassador of Thailand, Mr. Chailert Limsoboom.

The President urged the three new ambassadors to do their best to expand areas of bilateral cooperation between Nigeria and their respective countries.

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