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President Bola Tinubu Touches Down in Delhi for Six-Day Diplomatic Mission


New Delhi, India – President Bola Tinubu has made his arrival in the capital city of India, Delhi, commencing a crucial six-day official visit that encompasses participation in the prestigious G20 Leaders’ Summit along with a series of high-level engagements.

Tinubu, touched down at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi, at approximately 6:40 pm local time, translating to 2:10 pm Nigerian time. He was accompanied by an entourage of distinguished senior government officials, comprising ministers and presidential aides.

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu

He is joined on this mission by the following members of his cabinet: Amb. Yusuf Tuggar, who serves as the Minister of Foreign Affairs; Wale Edun, holding the positions of Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy; Dr. Bosun Tijani, entrusted with the portfolio of Minister of Communications, Innovation, and Digital Economy; and Dr. Doris Uzoka-Anite, serving as the Minister of Industry, Trade, and Investment.

During his stay in India, President Tinubu has not only committed to attending the forthcoming G20 Summit, set to take place from Saturday, September 9, to Sunday, September 10, 2023, but he has also meticulously planned a series of consequential interactions. These engagements will involve discussions and meetings with prominent international leaders and influential figures from the business realm, all of which will occur alongside the Summit.

In a heartwarming gesture, President Tinubu is also scheduled to connect with the Nigerian community residing in India, reinforcing bonds and connections with his compatriots abroad.

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As previously stated by Ajuri Ngelale, the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, it was communicated that President Tinubu’s visit to India would be strategically leveraged to draw global capital and bolster foreign direct investments (FDI) into Nigeria. Ngelale emphasized that the President’s itinerary would encompass key meetings and engagements with this objective in mind.

Ngelale’s statement elucidated further that during the Summit’s peripheral events, the President would actively engage in and deliver significant speeches at both the Nigeria-India Presidential Roundtable and the Nigeria-India Business Conference. This action was seen as further highlighting his dedication to enhancing economic relations and opportunities for investment.

“The CEO Roundtable will be attended by leading industrialists in the Indian private sector, Nigerian industrialists, as well as senior government officials from both countries. The President aims to leverage this platform to attract global capital and promote increased foreign direct investments in key labour-intensive sectors of Nigeria’s economy for job creation and revenue expansion.

“Moreover, he will use this opportunity to highlight Nigeria’s attractiveness as an investment destination, specifically outlining his cross-sectoral reform plan as encapsulated by the Renewed Hope Agenda.

“Given the President’s renowned experience in attracting investment to Lagos State, leading industrialists have sought separate private engagements with him at the summit. The President’s itinerary will also feature bilateral meetings with a cross-section of world leaders from four different continents, representing both G-20 and non–G20 countries. These engagements are geared towards strengthening bilateral economic, trade, and investment partnerships for mutual benefit.

“At the G20 Summit, the Nigerian leader is expected to share Nigeria’s perspective on the theme, “One Earth-One Family-One Future,” which speaks to the global unity required to address the challenges facing humanity and the planet.

“With its collective contribution of up to 80% of global GDP, 75% of international trade, and housing 60% of the world’s population, the G-20 constitutes a significant economic power bloc of socio-economic opportunity and geo-political stability.

“While Nigeria’s membership of the G-20 is desirable, the government has embarked on wide-ranging consultations with a view to ascertaining the benefits and risks of membership.

“This is consistent with the desire of the President to democratize foreign policy and articulate policy formulation and implementation through a Whole-of-Society and a Whole-of-Government approach that achieves the nation’s long-term strategic objectives.

“Once consultations are concluded, the government will decide whether or not to apply to join as appropriate. The participation of President Tinubu at the G-20 Summit in India is, in part, in furtherance of this objective,” he added.

It has been confirmed that President Tinubu will promptly return to Nigeria following the culmination of the Summit.

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