Vice President Kashim Shettima left Nigeria, on Wednesday, to attend the G77, China Leaders’ Summit in Havana, Cuba, on behalf of President Bola Tinubu. The summit is scheduled to take place from September 15 to 17.
This information came to light when a statement was issued, bearing the signature of Olusola Abiola, the Director of Information at the State House, Office of the Vice President.
According to Abiola, the summit aims to investigate forward-thinking approaches for tackling the obstacles hindering the progress of member nations’ development.
Shettima is set to participate alongside global leaders such as Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, in discussions concerning development issues predominantly affecting countries in the global south.
The Information Director said, “The summit will equally explore proactive ways of addressing challenges facing the development of the member-states leveraging science, technology and innovation to enhance socio-economic growth.
“Shettima will, on the sidelines of the Summit, hold bilateral meetings with other world leaders to promote Nigeria’s trade and investment relations in line with the economic development diplomacy of the President Bola Tinubu administration.”
The Vice President is joined on the journey by various officials, including Abubakar Kyari, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development; Uche Nnaji, the Minister of Innovation, Science, and Technology; as well as Adamu Lamuwa, who serves as the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, among others.
The summit’s focus revolves around the theme “Current Development Challenges: The Role of Science, Technology and Innovation” and is overseen by President Miguel Díaz-Canel of Cuba, who serves as the G77’s Chairman.
Abiola also noted Nigeria’s historical involvement as one of the original members of the G77, a group formed in 1964 by 77 developing nations.