By Our Correpondent
President Bola Tinubu departed Nigeria for Nairobi, Kenya, on Saturday to participate in the 5th Mid-Year Coordination Meeting of the African Union. Accompanied by his Chief of Staff, Femi Gbajabiamila, and Special Adviser Dele Alake, President Tinubu represents Nigeria as well as the new Chairman of ECOWAS at the meeting.
As the Nigerian leader and ECOWAS Chairman, President Tinubu will present a report on the progress of regional integration within ECOWAS.
This report will outline the actions taken by ECOWAS institutions, member-states, the private sector, and other stakeholders to enhance integration through trade, free movement of persons, investment promotion, infrastructure development, and ensuring peace, security, and stability.
The meeting, themed “Acceleration of African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Implementation,” brings together the Bureau of the AU Assembly.
This includes Heads of State and Government from Comoros, Botswana, Burundi, and Senegal, as well as leaders from the eight Regional Economic Communities.
President Tinubu’s participation in the meeting underscores Nigeria’s commitment to regional integration and the advancement of the African Continental Free Trade Area.
The gathering provides a platform for African leaders to discuss and coordinate efforts towards the successful implementation of the AfCFTA, which aims to boost intra-African trade and economic cooperation.
The 5th Mid-Year Coordination Meeting serves as an important forum for leaders to assess progress, share experiences, and strategize on ways to accelerate the implementation of the AfCFTA, contributing to the overall development and integration of the African continent.