Jonathan off to London, to meet with key investment advisers

Nigeria's Vice President Jonathan Goodluck attends the plenary session of the Africa-South America Summit in Margarita IslandPresident Goodluck Jonathan will travel to London on Thursday evening to preside over a meeting of Nigeria’s Honorary International Investment Council (HIIC) which opens in the British capital on Friday, Aso Rock has announced.

The HIIC which was established in 2004 advises the Federal Government on matters pertaining to Nigeria’s economic development, making the Nigerian economy more competitive globally and attracting greater direct foreign investment to boost domestic industrial growth and job creation.

Deliberations at the HIIC meeting in London will focus on the current investment landscape in Nigeria, developments and opportunities in the ongoing upgrade and expansion of Nigeria’s public infrastructure, as well as opportunities and reforms in Nigeria’s rail transportation, power and construction sectors.

President Jonathan will be accompanied to the meeting by key ministers including Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Mrs. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Allison-Madueke; Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr. Olusegun Aganga; Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo; Minister of Defence, Gen Aliyu Gusau (rtd.), and Minister of Transport, Senator Idris Umar.

They will be joined at the meeting by the Coordinator of the HIIC, Baroness Lynda Chalker, and other key members of the Council including Haruki Hayashi of the Mitsubishi Corporation, Yves Louis Darricarrere of Total, Andy Brown of Shell, Guillame Roux of Larfarge, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Mr. Jim Ovia, Alhaji Umaru Mutallab, some state governors and the Chairmen of the National Assembly Committees on Transport.

Jonathan is expected back in Abuja on Sunday.