Vice President Kashim Shettima has left Abuja to represent President Bola Tinubu at two significant international summits in Rome, Italy, and St. Petersburg, Russia.
Shettima departed from the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on Sunday at approximately 3 pm. His first engagement will be the Stocktaking Moment Summit in Rome, taking place from Monday, July 24, to Wednesday, July 26. The summit’s theme is “Transforming Food Systems for People, Planet, and Prosperity,” and it will gather global leaders to discuss and strategize on this critical issue.
During the summit, the Vice President will play a crucial role, chairing a high-level session on “Innovative Financing for Food System Transformation: The Case of Nigeria.” Additionally, he will participate in a side event centered around “Scaling up Multi-stakeholders Collaboration and Investment in the Implementation of Food Systems Transformation Pathways in Nigeria.” This joint event is organized in collaboration with Rome-based UN Agencies, including the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, the International Fund for Agricultural Development, World Food Programme, and the UN Food Systems Coordination Hub, along with the broader UN system.
After the summit in Rome, Shettima will travel to St. Petersburg, Russia, to represent the President at the Russia-Africa Summit, scheduled from Wednesday, July 26, to Saturday, July 29. This summit aims to strengthen relations between Russia and the African continent, focusing on economic and humanitarian aspects.
During his time in Russia, the Vice President will participate in the 2nd Russia-Africa Summit and Russia-Africa Economic and Humanitarian Forum. This will involve discussions with political and business leaders to enhance cooperation between Russia and Africa, among other benefits. Shettima will also engage in bilateral meetings with representatives of relevant Russian senior government officials and business leaders to further discuss the relations between Russia and Nigeria.
The Vice President is accompanied by senior government officials from federal ministries, departments, and agencies. This foreign trip marks his first since taking office as Vice President. Shettima is expected to return to Nigeria at the end of the week following the successful completion of his diplomatic engagements at the international summits.