President Muhamamdu Buhari departed Abuja, Nigeria yesterday for Russia, for a three-day inaugural Russia-Africa Summit and Economic Forum, which will focus on peace, security and development. The president has arrived at the Sochi International Airport, Russia.
According to reports, the President’s plane touched the tarmac at 11.25pm (local time), and he was received by the Mayor of the City of Sochi, Anatoliy Nikolayevich Pakhomov and state officials.
The Economic Forum and Summit will hold on 23rd and 24th October, 2019, respectively, with four plenaries that will be attended by more than thirty African Heads of State and government that have confirmed participation, including the Chairman of the African Union and President of Arab Republic of Egypt Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.
The summit will be co-chaired by President Vladimir Putin, who will present a keynote address at the opening on Wednesday, and the African Union Chairman.
President Buhari and Russian President will meet at the Nigeria and Russian bilateral meeting on Wednesday, 23rd and the Nigerian leader will make a statement at the summit on Thursday, October 24th, 2019.
Other participants at the summit that will showcase Russian interest and investment potential in Africa include businessmen, experts, investors, leaders of major sub-regional associations and organisations.
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