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President Jonathan assures participants in World Economic Forum of safety in Abuja

President Goodluck Jonathan

President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan Thursday reassured the global community of the safety of all participants in next month’s World Economic Forum on Africa in Abuja.

Speaking at an audience with China’s new Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Gu Xiaojie who presented his letters of credence to him at the Presidential Villa, President Jonathan said that the security challenges being experienced in parts of the country will have no adverse effect on the safety of participants in the forum.

The President welcomed the confirmation by China that its delegation to the Forum, which will bring together regional and global leaders to discuss innovative structural reforms and investments that can sustain the continent’s current growth trajectory and create jobs, will be led by Premier Li Keqiang.

“I am quite pleased that the Premier of the People’s Republic of China has confirmed that he is coming. We will be addressing the World Economic Forum on Africa together. We will also sit down together to discuss shared national interests.

“We will give all participants a good reception in Abuja. We have faced challenges in the area of security, but we will overcome the situation so that our economy can move forward faster. Participants will not have a problem with security during the summit,” President Jonathan told the Chinese Ambassador.

The Ambassador assured the President of China’s confidence in Nigeria’s security measures and the country’s ability to host the World Economic Forum on Africa successfully.

“From our assessment, we are confident that all is under control and we have relayed that to our people,” Mr. Gu Xiaojie said.

He applauded Nigeria’s re-basing of its GDP and the country’s emergence as the number one economy in Africa, noting that it will certainly stimulate the inflow of more foreign investors.

Also Thursday at the Presidential Villa, President Jonathan received the letters of credence of the new Malaysian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Lim Juay and the new Ambassador of Thailand, Mr. Chailert Limsoboom.

The President urged all three new Ambassadors to do their best to further expand areas of bilateral cooperation between Nigeria and their respective countries.

He wished them successful and rewarding tenures in Nigeria.

Reuben Abati

Special Adviser to the President

(Media and Publicity)

April 24, 2014

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