…By Lola Smith for TDPel Media.
On Friday night, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu had the privilege of welcoming Professor Patrice Talon, the President of Benin Republic.
This meeting took place at President Tinubu’s residence in Abuja, Nigeria.
The event served as an opportunity for the two leaders to engage in discussions and strengthen bilateral relations between their respective countries.
President Tinubu’s Upcoming Trip to Guinea-Bissau
President Tinubu’s engagements extend beyond his meeting with President Talon.
He is scheduled to depart from Abuja on Saturday, July 8, heading to Guinea-Bissau.
His purpose in attending the journey is to participate in the 63rd Ordinary Session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
The session will be held in Bissau, the capital of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau.
Agenda of the ECOWAS Summit
The forthcoming ECOWAS summit, slated for Sunday, July 9, is expected to address various crucial regional issues.
Among the topics to be discussed are reports from the 50th Ordinary Session of the Mediation and Security Council (MSC) concerning security challenges within member nations.
Additionally, there will be a report from the 90th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Council of Ministers, which will cover the group’s financial situation and the progress made in implementing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).
Another significant matter to be covered is the state of political transition in the Republics of Mali, Burkina Faso, and Guinea.
Focus Areas of the Summit
The summit agenda will also feature discussions on the ECOWAS Single Currency Programme.
This initiative aims to facilitate economic integration among member states by establishing a common currency.
Furthermore, the attendees will receive a report on the obstacles hindering the free movement of goods along the Abidjan-Lagos corridor.
Identifying and addressing these challenges will contribute to enhancing regional trade and economic cooperation.
In summary, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu welcomed Benin Republic President, Professor Patrice Talon, to his residence in Abuja.
President Tinubu will subsequently travel to Guinea-Bissau to participate in the ECOWAS summit, where crucial regional issues will be addressed.
The discussions will encompass security challenges, financial matters, the African Continental Free Trade Area, political transitions in specific countries, the ECOWAS Single Currency Programme, and obstacles to free trade along the Abidjan-Lagos corridor.
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