President Muhammadu Buhari departs Abuja Monday to attend a three-day Russia-Africa Summit in Sochi, Russia, from October 23 to October 25, 2019 with focus on exploring and expanding opportunities in security, trade and investment, science and technology, and gas production. During the summit, the president would meet with President Vladimir Putin of Russia to further strengthen relations in security, trade and investment, and building partnership that would enhance Nigeria’s huge gas potential, following Russia’s remarkable success in gas exportation.
The summit, which would be attended by African Heads of State, will bring fresh perspectives on some global issues and challenges like nuclear technology, energy development, digital transformation, environment, technical security, mining and steel, education, agriculture, infrastructure and development strategies.
An African Business Forum, which would bring together African and Russian business leaders, would be held during the event to enhance Russian investments in Africa, and promote African business interest in the host country.
The president would be accompanied by Governor Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe state, Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara state and Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State.Others on the trip are: Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister of Trade and Investment, Adeniyi Adebayo, Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Olamilekan Adegbite and Minister of State, Petroleum, Timipre Sylva.The president would return to the country after the summit.