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• Nigeria seeks partnership for AI development, service delivery, etc.
• Tijani ensures positive returns for the technology sector and the economy

President Bola Tinubu will today address world leaders in his debut at the 78th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), held under the presidency of Dennis Francis of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, at the headquarters of the UN in New York, USA.

As heads of state will take turns delivering their speeches at the general assembly, Tinubu is expected to “highlight Nigeria’s efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), combat climate change and ensure peace and international security, among others.

“The important issue of illicit financial flows and return of assets will also be raised, to encourage stronger international cooperation,” according to a statement signed yesterday by Foreign Ministry spokesperson Francisa Omayuli.

Tinubu’s participation in the UNGA marks his first since assuming the presidency in May this year. Speaking to world leaders Tuesday evening, around 6 p.m. local time, the President will be the fifth African leader to speak on the first day of the gathering and the 14th speaker out of 20 leaders scheduled to speak today.

On Wednesday, the President is expected to participate in the high-level dialogue on financing for development. He will participate in a high-level meeting on pandemic prevention, preparedness and response.

On Thursday, he will participate in the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Ambition Summit and attend a high-level meeting on universal health coverage. He is also expected to join another high-level panel on reforming the global financial architecture.

On Friday, he will participate in the high-level meeting on the fight against tuberculosis. During the week, President Tinubu is expected to hold several bilateral meetings with world leaders, including the Presidents of the United States, the European Union Commission, Brazil and South Africa, among others.

He will also advance his economic development agenda aimed at attracting aggressive investment in meetings with global leaders of transnational corporations. Among these companies are Microsoft, Meta, Exxon Mobil, General Electric and a few others.

The theme of the UNGA is: “Rebuilding trust and reviving global solidarity: accelerating action on the 2030 Agenda and its SDGs towards peace, prosperity, progress and sustainability for all”.

The president arrived in New York on Sunday evening for high-level UN meetings. He was received by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Yusuf Tuggar; the Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the UN, Tijjani Muhammad-Bande; and Nigeria’s Defense Attaché in Washington DC, Dangana Allu.

His reception was a departure from the usual tradition of officials lining up at the airport to greet the president. This time, only three officials were at the airport to receive the President with the other Nigerian officials stationed at the UN Plaza Millennium Hilton Hotel to welcome him.

Furthermore, Nigeria’s agenda at the UNGA would involve ensuring a strategic partnership for the technology sector and the economy. The Minister of Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy, Dr. Bosun Tijani, who revealed this yesterday on his X (Twitter) account, said Nigeria would seek partnerships in three key technology areas.

Tijani, in a document titled: “Driving Nigeria’s Economic Growth through Global Innovation and Technology Partnerships,” said he would seek partnerships for the country’s Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF). , training in artificial intelligence (AI) and economic diversification through technology.

He said his participation in several events on the sidelines of the 78th session of the UNGA is significant as Nigeria positions itself at the intersection of technological innovation and sustainable development.

“I look forward to commitments that will help us enter into partnerships and support our plans to create a more inclusive and prosperous digital economy for Nigeria, in line with Mr. President’s agenda,” he said. declared.

The minister added that this year’s UNGA presents an opportunity for Nigeria to align its strategies, initiatives and aspirations with those of the global community.

Speaking further on the three key programs that will make up the bulk of his participation in the global event, Tijani said: “As we work to bridge the digital divide, we seek partnerships that can strengthen the USPF . Our goal is to connect large numbers of unserved and underserved communities in Nigeria, driving inclusion and ensuring that every Nigerian benefits from the digital revolution.

On Nigeria’s positioning as a hub for AI training, Tijani highlighted that the country has a vibrant pool of talent, potential and innovation.

“We aspire to put Nigeria on the global map as a destination of choice for training AI models. Not only does this promise significant job creation, but it also highlights our commitment to improving the inclusiveness and robustness of AI data sets. We envision capturing the nuances of dark data from the Global South, ensuring that AI solutions resonate across a diverse spectrum of lived experiences,” he said.

On accelerating economic diversification through technology, Tijani said the agenda presented by President Tinubu advocates economic diversification powered by technological applications.

“To this end, we are seeking partnerships that can increase the inflow of capital to Nigerian startups through foreign direct investment (FDI), thereby strengthening our entrepreneurial ecosystem and paving the way for sustainable growth,” Tijani said.

After thousands of speeches, meetings and receptions this week at the UNGA summit, the United Nations is ready to announce world peace at the end of the global event, even though the topics covered during the two-week summit seem more numerous, volatile and difficult to approach. -resolve than before any other United Nations General Assembly. These include the Russian-led war in Ukraine, deadly floods in Libya, multiple coups on the African continent, economic financing of the North against the South, the violent crisis in Haiti and the change climate, to name just a few.

The fact that US President Joe Biden is the only leader of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council to attend could weaken the impact of the event. French President Emmanuel Macron remains at home ready to greet King Charles and work to worsen the situation, from Niger to Sudan.

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has also decided to step down – a rarity for the country – and Russian President Vladimir Putin now risks arrest during his trip. Chinese leader Xi Jinping never comes. Some UN veterans say having one in five is nothing unusual in UNGA history.

Nevertheless, 140 heads of state and government are expected. Six vice presidents, four vice prime ministers and more than 30 ministers of state and heads of delegation will also take to the podium to deliver remarks on behalf of their countries. Today, Brazil is kicking off the speech, followed, among others, by the United States, Ukraine, Cuba and Nigeria.

For the first time at the annual summit, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will be present in person. Earlier, he appeared on video monitors in the General Assembly Hall. He is also expected to speak with Biden in Washington on Thursday.

Global disputes between major powers at the UN risk undermining any chance of improving relations and making progress on several issues. Swiss Ambassador Pascale Baeriswyl noted a growing rivalry between the United States and China within the House. And advocacy group Human Rights Watch urged nations not to be distracted by politics but to “keep human rights at the forefront of the week’s events.”

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