In a significant diplomatic move, Nigeria’s Vice President, Kashim Shettima, has embarked on a journey to represent President Bola Tinubu at the forthcoming G77+China Leaders’ Summit in Havana, Cuba. The summit, scheduled to take place from September 15 to 17, will witness the participation of esteemed world leaders, including the United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Gutteres.
The Office of the Vice President, as conveyed by its Director of Information, Mr. Olusola Abiola, has affirmed the importance of this representation at the summit. The primary focus of the G77+China Leaders’ Summit is to deliberate on pressing development issues affecting its member states, most of which hail from the global south.
Under the theme “Current Development Challenges: The Role of Science, Technology, and Innovation,” the summit aims to explore proactive approaches to address these challenges, with an emphasis on leveraging science, technology, and innovation to foster socio-economic growth.
In addition to his participation in the summit’s discussions, Vice President Shettima will engage in bilateral meetings with fellow world leaders. These meetings will serve to advance Nigeria’s trade and investment relations in alignment with the economic development diplomacy of President Bola Tinubu’s administration.
The Havana Summit will be hosted by Miguel Díaz-Canel, the President of the Republic of Cuba, who also holds the position of Chairman of the G77. Nigeria has a distinguished history with the G77 group, being one of its founding members since its establishment in 1964. Comprising 134 developing countries, the G77 represents 80 percent of the world’s population. Its primary objectives are to promote the collective economic interests of its member states and enhance their negotiating capacity within the United Nations.
Accompanying Vice President Shettima on this diplomatic mission are notable figures from Nigeria’s government, including the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Abubakar Kyari, the Minister of Innovation, Science, and Technology, Uche Nnaji, and Mr. Adamu Lamuwa, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
This representation at the G77+China Leaders’ Summit underscores Nigeria’s commitment to addressing global development challenges and fostering international partnerships to drive socio-economic progress. President Bola Tinubu’s administration continues to prioritize economic diplomacy and collaboration on the world stage to secure Nigeria’s future prosperity.
Source Link: Vanguard News
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