On Sunday, December 11, President Muhammadu Buhari will fly to Washington, D.C., to attend the United States-Africa Leaders Summit with other African leaders.
Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President, revealed this in a statement on Saturday.
Shehu claimed that US Vice President Joe Biden, who is looking forward to “working with African governments, civil society, diaspora communities across the United States, and the private sector to continue strengthening our shared vision for the future of US-Africa relations,” is behind the High-Level Meeting, which runs from December 13 to 15.
The event is anticipated to highlight the importance of US-Africa relations and enhanced cooperation on common global concerns while demonstrating the United States’ unwavering commitment to Africa.
The Summit also looks for more practical means of fostering new economic engagement, advancing peace, security, and good governance, reaffirming commitment to democracy, human rights, and civil society, working cooperatively to strengthen regional and global health security, promoting food security, responding to the climate crisis, enhancing diaspora ties, and fostering education and youth leadership.
The first day will feature a speech by President Buhari on the subject of conservation, climate adaptation, and a just energy transition, with a focus on that last element. Along with participating in the US-Africa Business Forum (USABF), which is hosted by the US Department of Commerce and focuses on boosting trade and investment between the US and African countries, he will also speak on some of the other sub-themes of the Summit.
The Nigerian delegation to a US-Nigeria Business and Investment Forum Business Roundtable will be hosted by the Corporate Council of Africa on the sidelines of the Summit. It is anticipated that agreements will be signed between American and Nigerian organizations and businesses during this time.
On Sunday, December 18, President Buhari is anticipated to return to the nation. He will be accompanied on the trip by Governors Bala Mohammed and AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of the states of Bauchi and Kwara, respectively.