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Nigeria convenes high-level business summit in Paris

Nigeria’s federal government is organising the Nigeria International Partnership Forum (NIPF) in Paris, the capital of France.

The high-level event on the sidelines of the annual Paris Peace Forum holds from 11th to 13th November.

It is planned to bring together the Nigerian and French governments as well as the private sectors for discussions on security, regional stability, trade and industrialization.

President spokesman, Garba Shehu, in a statement Tuesday night said the meeting seeks to attract investment to Nigeria and bridge existing infrastructure gaps.

He noted that talks will spotlight “Nigeria’s trade and investment opportunities, reset false narratives about Nigeria” and successes achieved amid recovery from the economic downturn caused by COVID-19.

President Muhammadu Buhari will deliver the keynote address, while speakers and panelists at the NIPF include top Nigerian and French government functionaries.

The presidency said Ministers, Heads of MDAs, Nigerian and French private sector operators are also participating.

Also expected are Deputy Secretary General, United Nations (UN); Directors General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) and French Development Agency.

The rest include Presidents of the African Development Bank and African Export Import Bank; the French Minister of Foreign Trade and Economy; and the National Security Adviser, Major General (Rtd) Babagana Munguno.

President, Nigeria-France Business Council, Abdulsamad Rabi’u will lead business executives, across financial services, manufacturing, oil and gas.

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