Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, is currently in China to participate in the 7th Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) scheduled to hold September 3 – 4, 2018 in Beijing.
The President’s first engagement in Beijing will be an interactive session with the Nigerian Community in China at the Nigerian Embassy.
Before the formal opening of the FOCAC Summit, President Buhari in his capacity as Chair of ECOWAS, is expected to deliver remarks at the High-Level Dialogue between Chinese and African leaders, business representatives and African entrepreneurs.
President Buhari is scheduled to join President Jinping and other African leaders for the opening and roundtable sessions of the 2018 FOCAC Beijing Summit under the theme: “Towards an even Stronger China-Africa Community with a shared Future.”
After the FOCAC Summit, PMB will hold bilateral meetings with President Xi Jinping & PM Li Keqiang to discuss infrastructure financing for strategic projects in Nigeria & the upgrading of Nigeria-China relations “from strategic partnership to comprehensive strategic partnership.”
PMB will also use the occasion of his audience with the Chinese leadership to assess the progress made so far in Chinese interventions in Nigeria’s key priority infrastructure projects, particularly on-going projects in the railway and power sectors.
Since the FOCAC VI Summit in Johannesburg, SA in Dec 2015, and PMB’s successful State Visit to China in April 2016, the administration has pushed forward practical cooperation with China in areas of infrastructure, trade, investments, finance, power, agric, education co-op.
President Buhari has consistently acknowledged Chinese support for infrastructure development in Nigeria. In January 2018 while receiving the Board of Directors of the Nigeria Economic Summit Group, he said: “We send our gratitude to the Chinese for all their support to Nigeria. Since independence, no country has helped our country on infrastructural development like the Chinese.”