President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived in Paris, French capital, for a one-day official visit as guest of President Emmanuel Macron at Palais de l’Élysée and will afterward attend the three-day Paris Peace Forum (PPF).
Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, said Buhari’s plane touched down at Le Bourget Airport at 2.45pm yesterday.
During the official visit today, President Buhari will meet with his French counterpart to discuss issues of mutual interest for both countries, particularly on strengthening economic ties, improving partnership on security, and working jointly on education, health and halting the threats of COVID-19 to the global economy.
From Thursday, President Buhari will join world leaders, heads of international organisations, leaders of civil society and the private sector at Grande Halle de La Villette to strategise on better governance for a peaceful world, with plenaries, master classes and workshops.
The president is scheduled to make a remark at the event to share the peculiarity of the Nigerian experience with the world, and efforts undertaken so far for peace. Other speakers include President Macron, Vice President Kamala Harris of the United States, and Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh.
This year, the leaders will review 80 projects designed to improve peace across the globe and ensure more harmonious living like reforming capitalism for more impact on global economy, responding to the urgency of climate change, fake news and the challenge it poses on journalism and cyber security.
Among the attendees were Russian President Vladimir Putin, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and 2018 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nadia Murad. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and UN Secretary-General António Guterres joined President Macron with each making an opening remark at the beginning of the Forum.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government of Nigeria is organising the Nigeria International Partnership Forum (NIPF), a high-level event to accompany and strengthen Nigeria’s participation in the Paris Peace Forum.
Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, said the one-day NIPF will bring together the Nigerian and French governments and private sectors in wide-ranging discussions focused on security, regional stability, trade and industrialisation. It aims to attract investment to Nigeria, and bridge existing infrastructure gaps.
Shehu said it will spotlight Nigeria’s immense trade and investment opportunities, reset false and distorted narratives about Nigeria, and shed light on the efforts, initiatives and successes achieved in both the public and private sectors, as the country charts a trajectory of recovery from the Covid-19 induced global economic downturn.