President Muhammadu Buhari has held a bilateral meeting with the President of African Export-Import (AfREXIM) Bank, Professor Benedict Oramah.
Mr Femi Adesina, who is the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, shared photos of the meeting on social media on Monday.
President Buhari, he stated, met with Professor Oramah on Sunday in Durban, a day after the Nigerian leader departed France for South Africa.
He was invited by his South African counterpart, President Cyril Ramaphosa, to join other African leaders at the official opening ceremony of the second Intra-African Trade Fair (IATF) 2021 scheduled to take place on Monday.
The event, holding from November 15 to 21, is convened by AfREXIM in collaboration with the African Union Commission (AUC) and the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Secretariat.
The theme of the Fair, Building Bridges for a successful AfCFTA, aims at boosting trade and investment across the African continent.
“It also promises to create the enabling environment for businesses to thrive across the African continent; bring to fruition the lofty ideas behind the creation of the AfCFTA by providing the platform to further identify and proffer solutions to challenges militating against intra-African trade and; generate market information needed to connect buyers and sellers throughout the continent,” Adesina said in a statement on Saturday.
“Global businesses, including non-African international brands are expected to key into opportunities generated by the fair, thereby attracting for the continent trade and investment deals worth $40billion. Various Nigerian investors are already in Durban to take advantage of the event.
“The President will be accompanied on the trip by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Niyi Adebayo; Director-General, National Intelligence Agency, Ambassador Ahmed Rufai Abubakar; and the Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer of Nigerian Export Promotion Council, Segun Awolowo.”
According to him, President Buhari is expected back in Nigeria on Tuesday.