Former British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown and no fewer than 10 heads of state and 900 delegates have confirmed that they will be attending the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa beginning in Abuja on May 7.
The Media Coordinator of the Forum, Dr Ogho Okiti, revealed that fact in Abuja.
The forum, which has “Forging Inclusive Growth, Creating Jobs” as its theme, will last three days.
Okiti said that the participants would come from 70 countries, including 30 in Africa.
He said that the countries whose presidents had confirmed that they would be present were Algeria, Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania and Togo with the Nigerian president as host.
He said that a former British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, and a former President of Brazil, Lula da Silva, would also attend the forum.
Okiti also said that over 50 top chief executive officers of big global firms would participate in the forum and described the number as “unprecedented”.
“It is the first time the summit will hold in West Africa and it is an unprecedented opportunity for both cultural and economic diplomacy for Nigeria and the region.
“The summit is also holding in the year that Nigeria marks its centenary and coincides with the celebration of its being the largest economy in Africa,” he said.