Jonathan To Lead Nigerian Delegation On Five-Day State Visit To China

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President Goodluck Jonathan is set to lead a high-powered delegation of government officials and private sector players to China next week for talks aimed at increasing its investment in the Nigerian economy.

A statement by the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati, states that the President will begin the five-day state visit on Monday in recognition of the rising global economic influence of China.

He is scheduled to hold separate meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping, the Premier Li Keqiang and the chairman of the standing committee of the National Peoples Congress, Mr. Zhang dejiang.

Talks between President Jonathan and the Chinese leaders will focus on greater bilateral cooperation in areas such as the development of public infrastructure, oil and gas, and power supply, among others.

The leaders will also sign major agreements to boost defence, trade and economic cooperation.

The President is expected to sign off on $3 billion Chinese loans to build infrastructure in the country, according to the Coordinating Minister of the economy and finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.[CHANNELS]

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