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… TO ATTEND INVESTORS' COUNCIL MEETING IN FRANCE WEDNESDAY

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President Goodluck Jonathan will lead a Federal Government delegation on a three-day official visit to France for a series of meetings of the Honourary International Investor Council (HIIC), from November 23 to 25.

President Jonathan is the Chairman of the HIIC, which works with the Nigerian Investment Promotion Council and has the responsibility to take practical steps to attract foreign investment into Nigeria, while Baroness Lynda Chalker is Coordinator of the council. Members of the council are top-level international and local personalities who can authorize or influence investment decisions of companies and countries.

In a statement signed by the Special Adviser to the president on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, said on the first day of the visit, President Jonathan would attend a reception for African ambassadors, organized by the Nigerian Embassy in Paris.

On the second day, after President Jonathan's opening remarks, the Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, and the Central Bank Governor, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi would brief investors on the 'Economic Environment of Nigeria', while the Minister of Trade and Investment, Dr. Olusegun Aganga, would present a paper entitled: Increasing Foreign Direct Investment and Enhancing Nigeria's Competitiveness.

During the afternoon session, Prof. Bart Nnaji, minister of power, would present a report on, 'Progress in the Power Sector', while the theme: 'Internal Security Issues - Realistic Options', would be addressed by Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State, Abba Moro, minister of interior and General Andrew Azazi, National Security Adviser.

The third day of the visit would begin with a presentation entitled: Agriculture and the Transformation Agenda by Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina, minister of agriculture and Rural Development; while Mallam Mansur Ahmed, director general of the infrastructure concession regulatory council, would deliver a paper on Driving Investment into Infrastructure Development.