President Muhammadu Buhari will depart for Istanbul, Turkey on Wednesday to participate in the ninth Summit of the Developing 8 (D-8), which begins on Friday, October 20.
Proceeding to the D-8 Summit, President Buhari, at the invitation of President Recep Erdogan of Turkey, will participate in an official working visit to Ankara, the capital city.
While in Ankara, the President will hold talks with his Turkish counterpart while delegations from both countries will hold discussions in various fields including defence, cooperation, security, educational and migration issues.
The Nigerian leader will also visit the Grand National Assembly of the Republic of Turkey in Ankara, where he will meet with the Speaker, Ismail Kahraman.
Areas of Co-operation
While in Istanbul, the Turkish commercial center, President Buhari will use the occasion of the D-8 Summit to strengthen the warm and growing ties with leaders of the D8-member countries, namely Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Pakistan and Turkey.
The Summit with the theme, ”Expanding Opportunities through Cooperation,”will among other issues, focus on cooperation in the areas of agriculture, trade, transport, energy and increased private sector participation among member-countries.
During the ninth Summit of the D-8, which will also mark the 20th anniversary of the organisation established to improve the developing countries’ positions in the world economy, President Buhari will highlight the significant show of confidence in Nigeria’s business environment and economy.
Private sector participation
He will also affirm Nigeria’s resolve to work with the D-8 member-countries on many key areas, including peace and security, economy and trade.
At the end of the Summit, the Heads of State and Government will adopt a Communique to be known as the ‘Istanbul Declaration’.
President Buhari will be accompanied on the trip by Ministers, top government officials, including the Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Customs Service, Hameed Ali.
Source: Voice of Nigeria