President Muhammadu Buhari will today, leave Abuja for the United States of America on an official working visit to Washington DC.
The Nigerian president is visiting the United States based on the invitation of President Donald Trump.
Buhari would hold bilateral talks with Trump and also have a working lunch on Monday, April 30, 2018, Femi Adesina, spokesperson for the Nigerian president said in a statement.
At the meeting, the two leaders will discuss ways of enhancing the strategic partnership between their two countries as well as advancing shared priorities, such as: promoting economic growth, fighting terrorism and other threats to peace and security.
This is in addition to enhancing the US-Nigeria relationship as the United States considers Nigeria’s economic growth, security and leadership in Africa to be critical aspects of their strategic partnership.
On the same day, Buhari would meet with a group of business persons in agriculture and agro-processing, dairy and animal husbandry.
The presidential aide said ahead of the visit, meetings had been scheduled to hold on April 26 and 27, 2018 between senior Nigerian government officials and executives of major US companies in the areas of agriculture, aviation and transportation
He added: “In the area of aviation, the Nigerian officials will be meeting with Boeing, the largest aircraft manufacturer in the world, on the national carrier project. On agriculture, they will meet with large equipment manufacturers with focus on harvesting and post harvesting equipment.
“In the area of transportation, the officials will meet with the GE-led consortium for the implementation of the interim phase of the narrow gauge rail concession. In the interim phase, a substantive concession agreement will be negotiated and finalised to provide the consortium the opportunity to invest an estimated $2billion, to modernise the rail line from Lagos to Kano (Western line) and from Port Harcourt to Maiduguri (Eastern line).
“During the meeting, the concession framework and the interim phase framework agreements are expected to be signed. The Nigerian officials will also meet with US-EXIM Bank and the US Overseas Private Investment Corporation to explore competitive financing arrangements.
“It is noteworthy that in 2017, Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment and the United States Department of Commerce signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote and encourage commercial and investment ties between Nigeria and the United States, with initial focus on infrastructure, agriculture, digital economy, investment and regulatory reforms,” he said.