The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari will on Wednesday leave for Istanbul, Turkey to attend the ninth Summit of the Developing 8 (D-8).
The summit with the theme, ‘‘Expanding Opportunities through Cooperation’’, will be held on Friday October 20, 2017.
The Developing 8 (D-8), also be marking the 20th anniversary of the organisation which was established to improve the position of developing countries’ in the world economy.
Before the D-8 Summit, the Nigerian President, will participate in an official working visit to Ankara, the capital city, at the invitation of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey.
President Buhari will also visit the Grand National Assembly of the Republic of Turkey in Ankara where he will meet with the Speaker, Ismail Kahraman.
The Summit will among other things, focus on cooperation in the areas of agriculture, trade, transport, energy and increased private sector participation among member-countries.
According to the Special Adviser to the Nigerian President on Media & Publicity, Femi Adesina, at the summit, the President will highlight the significant show of confidence in Nigeria’s business environment and economy.
“He will also affirm Nigeria’s resolve to work with 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 Communiqué, also known as the ‘Istanbul Declaration’.
The President will be accompanied on the trip by top government officials, ministers, including the Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Customs Service, Hameed Ali.