President Muhammadu Buhari is scheduled to attend the Africa-France Summit slated for June 2020 in Bordeaux, France. This is at the instance of French President, Emmanuel Macron.
Secretary General, Africa-France Summit, Stephanie Rivoal, revealed this when she visited the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, on Tuesday in Abuja.
She said the summit with the theme “Sustainable Cities” was aimed at helping African countries resolve the rural-urban drift among other challenges bedeviling the continent.
According to her, Nigeria is expected to showcase its projects that have been proven to work at the two day summit for all stakeholders involved in development of cities.
She said it was the wish of Macron for Nigeria President to be in attendance at the summit because of the importance the country in the continent.
Ms Rivoal also said the summit, unlike every other summit was expected to provide concrete solutions to the challenges facing cities in Africa.
“I will appreciate it if President Buhari will come with a delegation of people involved in city development.”
She stressed that the summit wanted to provide a forum in which “Ministers share ideas with one another on concrete solutions to development of cities.”
“Stakeholders will be there to look at what is the best for the people that live in those cities.
“Besides, there will be concrete commitments by stakeholders and this will be followed up at the end of the summit,” she said.
According to her, issues like how to ensure access to health, water, power and the rest will be discussed and also ways to make the rural areas more attractive to the people so as to curb rural-urban drift.
This, she said, explained why the summit would be hosted in Bordeaux instead of the big city, Paris.
The grand finale will be a football match between the World Champions, France, and the winners of the 2019 African Cup of Nations taking place in Egypt in June.
Onyeama, in his remarks, appreciated the invitation and said Nigeria would love to be part of the summit.
The Minister said it was very important for Africa to manage growth and make the continent lively, adding that it was something every society really had to address as cities were becoming a challenge.