Power, infrastructure, agriculture high on agenda of Buhari's China visit

Updated: 2016-04-08 04:33


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LAGOS -- Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari's visit to China next week, will focus on power, infrastructure, transport, road and agriculture, an official said Thursday.

The trip would also be used to promote Nigeria-China relation and the West African country's exports to China, Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama told reporters in Abuja, the nation's capital city.

He said Buhari was the first Nigerian president to be invited by China, an outcome of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation Summit held late last year in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The minister said the president would be going with a delegation comprising ministers of transportation, power and housing, trade, industry and investment.

"The visit is very important to the President because one of the main priorities of the government is to address the challenges in power, infrastructure, transport, road and agriculture," he added.

"He will want to take that up with the Chinese to look at the possibility of more investment opportunities between both countries," he said.

As the world's second largest economy, China has become the biggest trading partner with Africa since 2009.

The minister said Nigeria would utilize the visit to open up markets for Nigerian products in China.

"China is where you have 1.3 billion people and we are looking at how to promote our export," he added.

He said the visit would be a win-win for both countries, adding that Nigeria would seek new opportunities and identify new areas of possible cooperation with China.