Jonathan, ECOWAS leaders meet Japanese PM in Abidjan



Jonathan Might fire more ministersPresident Goodluck Jonathan will travel to Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire, on Friday afternoon to attend a meeting of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government.

A statement issued by his media aide, Dr. Reuben Abati, said President Jonathan and other ECOWAS Heads of State and Government are scheduled to confer with the Japanese Prime Minister, Mr. Shinzo Abe, who will also arrive in the Ivorian capital on Friday at the head of a high-powered Japanese Trade Mission targeting expanded business opportunities in Africa.

Mr. Abe’s meeting with President Jonathan and other ECOWAS leaders is a follow-up to the Fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V) held in June last year which discussed trade, investment, peace and stability in Africa.

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The Japanese PM’s talks with ECOWAS Heads of State and Government are expected to boost economic cooperation between Japan and countries in the sub-region.

President Jonathan, who is due back in Abuja on Saturday, will be accompanied on the trip by the Minister of Works, Mr. Mike Onolememen, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Dr. Nurudeen Mohammed and his Chief Economic Adviser, Dr. Nwanze Okidigbe.

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