President Buhari Arrives Niger For AU Summit

President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived in Niger for the 12th Extra-Ordinary Session of the Assembly of African Union (AU) Heads of State and Government.

Concise News had reported that President Buhari departed the country on Saturday morning to join other African leaders.

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The Nigerian leader’s departure was confirmed in a tweet by the country’s government.

“President @MBuhari departed Abuja this morning for Niamey, Niger Republic to attend the African Union (AU) Summit, scheduled to hold on July 7,” a tweet on @AsoRock read.

Concise News understands that Buhari is expected to take part in the 12th Extraordinary Session of the Assembly of AU on African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and the First Mid-Year Coordination Meeting of the AU and the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) in Niamey.

The operational instruments of the Agreement establishing AfCFTA is expected to be launched.

The instruments include AfCFTA Rules of Origin, Tariff Concession Portals, Portal on Monitoring and Elimination of Non-Tariff Barriers, Digital Payments and Clearing Systems and African Trade and Observatory Dashboard.

The Extraordinary Session of the Assembly of the Union is expected to launch the operational instruments of the Agreement establishing AfCFTA, which Nigeria is expected to sign.

The committee had recommended that Nigeria should sign the Agreement which aims to boost intra-African trade.