President Goodluck Jonathan is scheduled to leave the country today on working visits to Switzerland and Ethiopia.
Jonathan returned to the country on Saturday from Cote d’Ivoire where he attended an Extraordinary Session of the Economic Community of West African States Authority of Heads of State and Government.
In a statement on Sunday, Presidential spokesman, Reuben Abati, said the President’s itinerary in Geneva and Davos (both in Switzerland) would be devoted to drawing the attention of more members of the international business finance community to Nigeria’s investment potential.
Abati said Jonathan would at a meeting with Eminent Persons Group on Nigeria’s Transformation Agenda in Geneva on Tuesday attract foreign expertise and capital to modernise the agricultural sector.
According to him, members of the group are Mr. Bill Gates; former Secretary-General of the United Nations, Dr. Kofi Annan; and President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development, Dr. Kanayo Nwanze. Others are the President of the Africa Development Bank, Mr. Donald Kaberuka; and the Chairman of the Del Monte Produce Group, Mr. Mohammed Abu-Ghazaleh.
The statement said, “The President will at a special session of the annual meeting of the world’s leading businessmen and industrialists at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Wednesday also promote new incentives for investment in Nigeria’s agricultural sector.
“This is targeted at attracting greater international support for the establishment of a much more successful and profitable agro-allied industry in the country.
“The session will also focus on ongoing policy and institutional reforms in the sector, the establishment of staple crop processing zones and medium to long term financing options for agriculture in Nigeria.”