Nigeria will host Microsoft founder, Bill Gates, President of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, and Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, amongst others, at the second edition of the Nigeria International Economic Partnership Forum holding on the sidelines of the ongoing United Nations General Assembly in New York, USA.
Scheduled for Thursday, September 22, 2022, the high-level event will feature “speakers and panelists including President of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote; Co-Founder of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Bill Gates; Chairman Business Council of the United States and Chief Executive Officer Microsoft Corp, Satya Nadella; Secretary of State of the United States, Antony Blinken; President of the Corporate Council on Africa, Florie Liser” a statement signed by the President’s spokesman, Garba Shehu, said on Sunday.
The statement entitled ‘Nigeria hosts global investment forum in New York,’ read in part:
“In its continued bid to further open up the country’s economy to international capital and attract foreign investment, the Nigerian government, in collaboration with the Africa Business Roundtable, is organizing Nigeria International Economic Partnership Forum.
“The NIEPF is expected to draw the presence of world leaders in politics, economy, media as well as Civil Society Organisations and international media to focus on the vast economic potentials of Nigeria and Africa’s leading economy.
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“Most significantly, President Muhammadu Buhari will deliver the keynote address at the event and will also host a High-Level Presidential Session with fellow Presidents and Heads of delegations on Issues That Need Joint Action for African Countries on the Development Drive such as the Post COVID-19 recovery and financing priorities; Africa’s Investment Climate and Market as well as De-risking the Continent.”
According to Shehu, the NIEPF would bring together top Nigerian government functionaries as well as renowned and highly respected global public and private sector players rubbing minds on Nigeria’s economic outlook, focusing on ‘Nigeria in The Global Economy; and International Partnership for Nigeria on The Development Drive.’
They include: Members of the Business Council of International Understanding, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed; US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, John Kerry; and Executive Chairman of BUA Group, Abdul Samad Rabiu, who is also the President of the France-Nigeria Business Council.
Others are Chief Executive Officer of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg; Director-General of the World Trade Organisation, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; President of the African Development Bank, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina and Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations, Amina J. Mohammed.