Buhari visits China, to discuss development of infrastructure with Jinping
The development of Nigeria’s infrastructure, especially in the power, roads, railways, aviation, water supply and housing sectors will form the crux of discussions when President Muhammadu Buhari meets Chinese President Xi Jinping, said presidential spokesman Femi Adesina on Saturday.
President Buhari is due to leave Abuja on Sunday for a working visit to China aimed at securing China’s greater support for Nigeria.
Adesina said in a statement that Buhari would also hold talks with Premier Li Keqiang and the Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National Peoples’ Congress, Zhang Dejiang during his visit to the country.
He said the visit will enable the President Buhari to focus on “strengthening bilateral cooperation in line with the Federal Government’s agenda for the rapid diversification of the Nigerian economy, with emphasis on agriculture and solid minerals development.”
“It is expected that in the course of the visit, several new agreements and memorandums of understanding to boost trade and economic relations between Nigeria and China will be concluded and signed.
“The agreements include a Framework Agreement between the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment and the National Development and Reform Commission of the Peoples’ Republic of China to Boost Industrial Activities and Infrastructural Development in Nigeria.
“Others are a Framework Agreement between the Federal Ministry of Communications and the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, and a Memorandum of Understanding between Nigeria and China on Scientific and Technological Cooperation.”
He noted that the President and his delegation will tour the Shanghai Free Trade Zone and the Guangzhou Economic and Technological Development Zone to gain more useful insights and understanding of the policies that underpinned China’s astronomical economic growth in recent years, n line with the present administration’s prioritization of economic diversification and industrialisation to boost employment,
The President, whose entourage will include some state governors as well as the Ministers of Agriculture, Water Resources, Transport, Defence, Power, Works & Housing, Industry, Trade & Investment, Federal Capital Territory, Science & Technology and Foreign Affairs, will also open a China-Nigeria Business/Investment Forum in Beijing and meet with members of the Nigerian Community in China before returning to Abuja at the weekend.