President Goodluck Jonathan will on Wednesday join other leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Yamassoukrou, Cote D’Ivoire, for the 42nd Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government.
Ongoing efforts to restore peace, democracy and political stability to Mali and Guinea-Bissau in which President Jonathan and Nigeria are playing key roles, will be top on the agenda of the two-day summit, just as a new ECOWAS Chairperson is expected to be elected at the meeting.
President Jonathan and other participating Heads of State and Government will also receive and consider the 2012 annual report of the President of the ECOWAS Commission as well as the report of the 69th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Council of Ministers.
At the conclusion of the Summit on Thursday, President Jonathan will embark on a three-day state visit to Cote D’Ivoire, accompanied by the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, some governors, the Minister of Trade and Investment, Mr. Olusegun Aganga, the Minister of State (Foreign Affairs), Dr. Nurudeen Mohammed and other government officials.
It is expected that various agreements aimed at fostering trade and economic relations between Nigeria and Cote D’Ivoire will be concluded and signed in Abidjan before the end of the visit.
President Jonathan, whose entourage also includes representatives of the Nigerian Private Sector, will also meet with Nigerians resident in Cote D’Ivoire before returning to Nigeria on Saturday.