President Muhammadu Buhari will today leave for the 5th United Nations Conference on Least Developed Countries (LCDs) in Doha, the capital city of Qatar.
A statement by the Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, says the President’s visit follows an invitation by the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.
The conference, which is from 5th to 9th March, 2023 under the theme: “From Potential to Prosperity,” holds once in a decade and provides an opportunity to garner support of the international community for accelerating sustainable development in the LDCs as well as assist them make progress towards achieving prosperity.
In Doha, President Buhari will reinforce Nigeria’s commitment to support the most vulnerable countries to meet their development challenges, highlighting areas through which the Nigerian government had provided them with various forms of assistance over time.
As most of these countries struggle to find sustainable solutions to challenges of poverty, adverse effects of climate change, food and energy crises, as well as high-debt burden among others, President Buhari will reiterate the need for sustainable solutions for countries facing these severe challenges.
The Summit will be attended by world leaders, the private sector, civil society and youth organisations.
The statement says the conference aims to share developmental ideas and mobilise political will, solidarity, action and solutions to transform the LDCs, by finding sustainable solutions to the challenges of poverty, food insecurity, hunger, weak or non-existent infrastructure, inadequate health facilities, and climate change, as they struggle to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.
President Buhari’s delegation include some Ministers and top government officials, who are expected to use the opportunity of the visit to sign some agreements and Memoranda of Understanding with the Qatari government.
The President is expected to return to the country on Wednesday, March 8.
Writing by Abdullah Bello; Editing by Daniel Adejo