Shettima departs Nigeria for World Economic Forum in Switzerland


At the instance of President Bola Tinubu, Vice President Kashim Shettima on Sunday departed Abuja to represent Nigeria at the 2024 annual meeting of the World Economic Forum scheduled to be held in Davos, Switzerland.

Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Communications, Stanley Nkwocha, disclosed this in a statement he signed on Sunday.

Nkwocha said this time, the Vice President will join other political and business leaders across the world at the week-long annual Forum to discuss global socio-economic and development issues.

“Top on Vice President Shettima’s agenda, apart from the plenary session, is the launch of the Private Sector Action Plan for African Continental Free Trade Area at a special session to be co-chaired by him.

“He is also billed to hold high-level discussions with the Managing Director of IFC, Makhtar Diop and the Prime Minister of Vietnam, Pham Minh Chinh, among others,” the statement read.

Shettima will also chair a roundtable dialogue on Nigeria’s economic path on the sidelines of the annual meeting.

He will attend a special session dedicated to building trust in the global energy transition programme.

The Vice President is expected to return to Nigeria after participating in the week-long event.

Switzerland becomes Shettima’s seventh foreign destination since assuming office seven months ago.

He has represented Nigeria in Italy, Russia, South Africa, Cuba, China and the US, logging 36 days abroad so far.