By Nasir Kura
President Muhammadu Buhari departs Abuja Thursday for Amman to honour an invitation by King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein of Jordan to participate in the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa holding at the Dead Sea, Jordan.
The president would deliver an address at the opening of the plenary alongside King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein and United Nations Secretary General, António Guterres, and join world economic leaders in an informal gathering at the King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre.
He would also hold bilateral meetings with some world leaders on the sidelines of the Forum.
The president would depart Amman Sunday for Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), to participate in the ninth edition of the Annual Investment Meeting, from April 8 to April 10, 2019.
Invited by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rachid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice-President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, the Nigerian president as Guest of Honour, would deliver the keynote address with a theme, “Mapping the Future of Foreign Direct Investment: Enriching World Economies through Digital Globalization.”
The meeting is “the largest gathering of corporate leaders, policymakers, businessmen, regional and international investors, entrepreneurs, leading academics and experts showcasing up-to-date information, strategies and knowledge on attracting FDI.”
The meeting seeks to explore investment opportunities in more than 140 countries, connect businesses and countries willing to engage in sustainable partnerships with investors.
The president would be accompanied on both trips by Governors Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa state, Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo state, and Yahaya Bello of Kogi state.
Others on the entourage of the president are the National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Mohammed Babagana Monguno; Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; and other top government officials.