Vice-President Kashim Shettima has departed Nigeria to represent President Bola Tinubu at the G77+China leaders’ summit in Havana, Cuba, the summit is slated for September 15 to 17, 2023.
The Director of Information, Office of the Vice President, Olusola Abiola, in a statement, said Shettima would join other world leaders, including the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Gutteres, to deliberate on development issues facing members mostly from the global south.
The information director said the summit will also explore proactive ways of addressing challenges facing the development of member states.
The summit will also discuss how to leverage science, technology and innovation to enhance socioeconomic growth.
On the sidelines of the event, Shettima is expected to hold bilateral meetings with other world leaders “to promote Nigeria’s trade and investment relations in line with the economic development diplomacy of the Tinubu administration”.
The Havana Summit is being hosted by the President of the Republic of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel in his capacity as Chairman of the G77 and China, under the theme: “Current Development Challenges: The Role of Science, Technology and Innovation.”
Nigeria is a founding member of the G77 group which was established in 1964 by seventy-seven developing countries. The group – a coalition of 134 developing countries with 80% of world population, aims to promote its members’ collective economic interests and create an enhanced joint negotiating capacity in the United Nations.
The Vice President is accompanied on the trip by the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Abubakar Kyari; Minister of Innovation, Science and Technology, Uche Nnaji, and the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Amb. Adamu Lamuwa, amongst others.