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BREAKING: Tinubu jets off to France on first official duty in Paris – Presidency

President Bola Tinubu will leave Nigeria on Tuesday for a three-day official trip to France, the first time he would be doing so in his new capacity, even though he had been in and out Paris during his campaigns since last year and spent more than one months there after the 2023 presidential election.


His trip, which he would be undertaking with members of the Presidential Policy Advisory Council, is said to be for the signing of a New Global Financial Pact in Paris, the capital of France, between June 22 and 23.


In a statement on Monday, Dele Alake, presidential spokesman, said the new financial pact to be signed at the event would place the vulnerable countries at its heart, adding that Tinubu was due back to the country with the delegation on Saturday.


“President Bola Ahmed Tinubu will on Thursday, June 22, join world leaders in Paris, France, to review and sign a New Global Financial Pact that places vulnerable countries on priority list for support and investment, following devastating impact of climate change, energy crisis, and after effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.


“The President will participate in the two-day Summit, June 22 and 23, that looks at opportunities to restore fiscal space to countries that face difficult short-term financial challenges, especially the most indebted; mobilise innovative financing for countries vulnerable to climate change; foster development in low-income countries, and encourage investment in “green” infrastructure for the energy transition in emerging and developing economies.


“President Tinubu and the other global leaders, multilateral institutions, financial experts and economists will take a more holistic look at the recovery of economies from the impact of COVID-19 pandemic, and rising cases of poverty, with a view to providing access to finance and investment that will leverage inclusive growth.


“The Summit, which will be hosted by President Emmanuel Macron of France, will be held at Palais Brongniart. The President will be accompanied by members of the Presidential Policy Advisory Council and senior government officials. He will return to Abuja on Saturday,” the statement reads.



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