ABUJA, July 3 (Xinhua)
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan will lead high-powered officials on a five-day state visit to China next Monday, to meet with leaders and captains of industries in the east Asian nation, according to a statement released by the presidency on Wednesday.
Signed by Reuben Abati, spokesperson of
the Nigerian leader, the statement said
the delegation will include governors,
members of the National Assembly,
ministers and representatives of the
private sector, among others. “The president will leave Abuja on Monday evening,” the statement said, adding Jonathan is scheduled to hold separate meetings with his Chinese top government officials.
Talks between Jonathan and the Chinese
leaders will focus on greater bilateral
cooperation in the development of public infrastructure, oil and gas, power supply, agriculture, communications and tourism, the statement said. “It is expected that before the conclusion
of the visit on Friday, July 12, new
bilateral agreements and memoranda of
understanding will be concluded and
signed,” it added.
Among governors penciled to accompany
the Nigerian leader on the trip are
Theodore Orji, Peter Obi, Ibrahim
Dankwambo and Isa Yuguda of Abia,
Anambra, Gombe and Bauchi states
respectively, the statement indicated. Also in the team are Ministers of Foreign
Affairs, Finance, Petroleum, Works,
Agriculture, Aviation, Solid Minerals,
Transport, National Planning, Trade and
Investment, Niger Delta, Justice, Culture
and Tourism, as well as the Minister of State for Defense, the presidency
mentioned further in the statement.
The statement pointed out that the
Nigerian president will participate in a
special session of the Nigeria/China
Investment Forum which will be attended by leading Chinese investors and their Nigerian counterparts. “His engagements in Beijing will include
inauguration of the new Nigerian
Embassy building and laying the foundation stone for the residence of
Nigeria’s Ambassador to China,” it added.
The Nigerian president is also billed to
hold meeting with members of the
Nigerian community in China, according
to the statement. The president and his delegation will visit Daqing in China’s Heilongjiang Province to confer with leaders of the provincial government, after which he will tour the Daqing Petrochemical Industry and Agricultural Demonstration Farm, during his stay in China.
From Feb. 10, 1971 when the bilateral
relations were set up between Nigeria
and China, exchanges and cooperation
have been in smooth water.