BUHARI TO CONFER WITH HOLLANDE AND KEY FRENCH MINISTERS ON DEFENCE, SECURITY AND ECONOMIC RELATIONS

President Muhammadu Buhari will leave Abuja for Paris
tomorrow, Monday, September 14, 2015 to begin a
three-day official visit to France at the invitation of
President Francois Hollande.
President Buhari will be accompanied on the visit by
the National Security Adviser, Major-Gen. Babagana
Monguno (rtd.), the Permanent Secretaries in the
Federal Ministries of Defence, Finance, Agriculture,
Foreign Affairs, Industry, Trade and Investment as well
as the Chief Executives of the Nigerian Investment
Promotion Commission and the Nigerian Export
Promotion Council.
As the composition of his entourage indicates,
President Buhari’s talks in Paris with President
Hollande and other senior French Government officials
will focus on the further strengthening and
consolidation of ongoing bilateral cooperation between
Nigeria and France in the areas of defence, security,
trade and investments.
Apart from his scheduled meeting with President
Hollande at the Elysee Palace on Monday evening,
President Buhari and his team will also confer with the
French Minister of Defence, Mr. Jean-Yves Le Drian,
the French Minister of Finance and Public Accounts,
Mr. Michel Sapin, the French Minister of Economy and
Industry, Mr. Emmanuel Macron and the French
Minister of Foreign Affairs and International
Development, Mr. Laurent Fabius.
The President will visit the Headquarters of MEDEF,
France’s largest federation of investors and employers,
where he will participate in a France/Nigeria
Investment Forum with leading Nigerian and French
entrepreneurs.
President Buhari will also confer with the Chief
Executive Officers of leading French multinational
companies such as Total and Lafarge on their current
and future investments in Nigeria.
The President’s other scheduled engagements in Paris
include a meeting with African Ambassadors to France
and an interactive session with members of the
Nigerian community.
He will conclude his visit to France on Wednesday,
September 16, 2015 and return to Abuja the same day.

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