Abuja- Nigeriaâ€™s Acting President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan is among the high powered dignitaries who have been invited to grace a Roundtable on broad range of issues to be deliberated in June by the G8/G20 summits being hosted by the Canadian government.
Co-organised by the Africa Network for Environment and Economic Justice (ANEEJ) and the Canadian High Commission in Abuja, the roundtable will be held on Tuesday March 23, 2010 starting at 9.00am at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel.
â€œThere are a number of development challenges besetting our nation which require global support and attention. They range from democracy, good governance, repatriation of the countryâ€™s looted assets, poverty, Climate Change, security and of course Overseas Development Assistance (ODA),â€ says Executive Director of ANEEJ, Rev. David Ugolor.
â€œOur aim is to ensure that a Nigerian civil society message is carried into the Summit. This Roundtable will provide an opportunity for participants to dialogue and debate issues relevant to Nigeria. We expect high level input from delegates and participants.
â€œAfrican development issues has been a permanent agenda item for many years and numerous Summits have made ODA pledges to Africa; corruption and transparency have been standing agenda items and the Extractive
Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) emanated from the 2005 Gleneagles Summit. We need to also review NEITI implementation and where we are in the war on graftâ€, Ugolor asserts.
According to a statement issued by the Canadian High Commission to Nigeria, â€œthe purpose of this workshop is to provide Nigerian stakeholders â€“ in government as well as in civil society â€“ with a platform to convey views to G8/G20 leaders. Nigeriaâ€™s crucial leadership role on the African continent and beyond makes us especially eager to solicit a broad range of Nigerian views in anticipation of this yearâ€™s G8/G20 meetings.â€
The 2010 G8 and G20 Summits are both hosted by the government of Canada; the G8 will be held in Huntsville, Ontario on June 25 â€“ 27, and the G20 (co-hosted by South Korea) will be held in Toronto on June 26 – 27.
Both meetings are vital in providing political direction and commitment across a broad range of issues. The Summit CommuniquÃ©s are used as indicators by other multilateral processes and agencies in the pursuit of
their work. Often the G8 issue instructions to the OECD and the World Bank to initiate studies or other workstreams.