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Published On: Mon, Mar 31st, 2014

Jonathan leads ECOWAS delegation to Brussels

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JonathanBy Mashe Umaru Gwamna

President Goodluck Jonathan has been scheduled to attend the fourth European Union African summit in Brussels to promote people, peace and prosperity.

In a statement issued yesterday by the Special Advice to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati said the summit would be held in the capital Belgian with the theme: “Investing in People, Prosperity and Peace.”

He added that the European Union and Africa as well as leaders of the European Union and African Union Institutions would, among other matters, discuss ways of stimulating further growth and creating more

jobs in Nigeria and other African countries.

Education and training, women and youth, legal and illegal migrant flows between both continents, investments in peace and ways to enhance EU support for African capacities to manage security on the continent are among issues to be discussed at the summit.

The Brussels Summit will also provide an opportunity for participants to review EU-Africa relations based on the Joint Africa-EU Strategy which was adopted in Lisbon in 2007 and explore options for greater mutually-beneficial cooperation between Africa and Europe.

Participants including President Goodluck Jonathan, the President of the European Council, Mr. Herman Van Rompuy, the President of the European Commission, Mr. Jose Manuel Barroso, other Heads of State and

Government of the European Union and Africa as well as leaders of the European Union and African Union Institutions will, among other matters, discuss ways of stimulating further growth and creating more jobs in Nigeria and other African countries.

President Jonathan whose entourage will include the Minister of Defence, Lt.-Gen Aliyu Gusau (rtd.), the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Aminu Wali and the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr. Olusegun Aganga will hold bilateral talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and some other participating heads

of state and government before leaving Brussels for Abuja on Wednesday night.

 

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