Augustine Ehikioya.THE NATION. May 6, 2013
President Goodluck Jonathan will lead key members of the nation’s economic management team to this week’s World Economic Forum on Africa in Cape Town, South Africa.
Dr Jonathan will be accompanied by the Governors of Zamfara, Anambra and Bayelsa states; Senator Smart Adeyemi, Abubakar Momoh, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Mr Jim Ovia, Chief Oba Otudeko and Mr Tony Elumelu.
Several ministers, including those of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Olugbenga Ashiru; Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Mrs. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Allison-Madueke; Industry, Trade and Investment, Mr. Olusegun Aganga; Agriculture, Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina and Mines and Steel Development, Alhaji Musa Mohammed Sada, will also be on the presidential delegation.
The President is expected back in Abuja on May 10.
It is part of Federal Government’s efforts to ensure rapid national economic growth and development of the country.
At the forum, regional and global leaders will brainstorm on new strategies for accelerating economic diversification and availability of essential infrastructure on the continent.
Dr Jonathan, according to a statement yesterday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, will leave Abuja for Cape Town today and, at the invitation of South African President Jacob Zuma, visit South Africa ahead of the opening of the forum on Wednesday.
The forum, with the theme: Delivering on Africa’s Promise, is expected to provide a platform for African leaders in government, business and civil society as well as their counterparts from other regions of the world to deepen the continent’s integration agenda and renew their commitment to a sustainable path of growth and development that will further unlock Africa’s potentials and talents.
The President his delegation will also participate in the Grow Africa Investment Forum, being jointly hosted in Cape Town by the African Union (AU), the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) and the World Economic Forum, to accelerate investments and transformative change in African agriculture, based on national agricultural priorities and in support of the Comprehensive African Agricultural Development Programme