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President Muhammadu Buhari has on Saturday departed Paris Durban, for South Africa at a special invitation by President Cyril Ramaphosa.

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This was disclosed in a statement signed by the special adviser to the president on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.

The President is set to join other african leaders at the official opening ceremony of the 2nd Intra-African Trade Fair (IATF) 2021, which takes place on Monday, November 15.

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The event, holding from November 15 to November 21, is being convened by the African Export-Import Bank (AFREXIM) in collaboration with the African Union Commission (AUC) and the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Secretariat.

The theme of the fair, which is titled, ‘Building Bridges for a Successful AfCFTA’, aims at boosting trade and investment across the african continent.

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It also promises to create the enabling environment for businesses to thrive across the African continent; bring to fruition the lofty ideas behind the creation of the AfCFTA by providing the platform to further identify and proffer solutions to challenges militating against intra-African trade and; generate market information needed to connect buyers and sellers throughout the continent.

In the statement, Adesina said the event is set to host global businesses including non-african international brands who will be expected to key into opportunities generated by the fair, thereby attracting trade and investment deals worth $40billion and that various Nigerian investors are already in Durban to take advantage of the event.

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“The President is accompanied on the trip by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Niyi Adebayo; Director General, National Intelligence Agency, Amb. Ahmed Rufai Abubakar; and the Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer of Nigerian Export Promotion Council, Segun Awolowo,” it added.

President Buhari is expected back in Nigeria on Tuesday, November 16.

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