President to visit Nigeria from June 9

Islamabad: President Mamnoon Hussain will undertake an official visit to Nigeria from 09-12 June. It may be recalled that the President’s visit earlier scheduled on April 21-24, was postponed.

It is an important visit since it would be the first presidential visit from Pakistan to Nigeria in last three decades. During his stay in Abuja the President would have One-on-One meeting with President Jonathan which would be followed by delegation level talks.

Senior Nigerian officials would be calling on President Mamnoon Hussain including Governors of several states of Nigeria as well as Sultan of Sokoto.

The President’s visit to Nigeria will give a new impetus to our trade relations and provide a welcome opportunity to discuss ways and means for further strengthening of economic and trade relations. The President would also be addressing the Business Forum in Abuja and in Lagos. President Mamnoon Hussain will also be announcing the establishment of commercial section in Lagos.

Nigeria is an important member of D-8, OIC and the UN where the two countries closely collaborate. The trade relations between Pakistan and Nigeria have improved considerably.

The total volume of trade between the two countries almost doubled recently from earlier US$ 30.677 million in 2011-2012 to US$67.361million in 2012-2013. Several agreements are expected to be signed during this Presidential visit including cooperation between Chambers of Commerce of the two countries as well as on Industrial Cooperation.

The visit will also provide a good opportunity to exchange views on bilateral, regional and international matters of mutual interest.

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