By Irene Gaitirira
Published January 31, 2016
Business, political, academia and civil society leaders are expected to converge in the Nigerian commercial capital, Lagos, for a two-day conference.
â€œThis yearâ€™s Nigeria Summit will bring together more than 350 participants drawn from different walks of life including Nigeriaâ€™s public and private sectors, international business players and investors for discussion on what the future holds for Nigeria,â€ Jonathan Rosenthal, Africa Editor at The Economist, says.
The change witnessed in governance and in the socio-economic life of the people over the past nine months of Muhammadu Buhariâ€™s lPresidency is expected to form part of the discussion.
Also slated for discussion is how economic growth can improve security; strategies for placing economic growth at the heart of Nigeriaâ€™s effort to unite the country; how Nigeria can achieve economic diversification away from oil; overcome challenges and reduce official corruption; create jobs for its youth; reduce poverty and improve the purchasing power of the citizens.
Being at the heart of the continentâ€™s economic renaissance, speakers will also be expected to review Nigeriaâ€˜s role on the African continent as well as on a global stage. The 11th edition of the annual Nigeria Summit, held on the theme, â€œThe Dawn of A New Day?â€, shall discuss and debate Nigeriaâ€™s economic direction.
â€œThe summit,â€ says a media statement from The Economist, â€œwill examine and review the various opportunities and challenges that Nigeria is facing in view of her first democratic power transfer and the implications of the global macro-economic forces which are being shaped by the dramatic fall in oil prices, the mainstay of the Nigerian economy.â€
Among the speakers at the event shall be Prof Yemi Osinbajo (Vice-president, Federal Republic of Nigeria); Alhaji Aliko Dangote (President and Chief Executive Officer, Dangote Group and Chairman Dangote Foundation); Danladi Verheijen (Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Verod); Herbert Wigwe (Chief Executive Officer, Access Bank); and Okechukwu Enelamah (Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Nigeria).
Other speakers and panelists are Bob Diamond (Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Atlas Merchant Capital); Alhaji Kashim Shettina (Governor, Borno State, Nigeria); Franklin Cudjoe (Founding President and Chief Executive Officer, IMANI); Philip Lindop (Head of Africa Banking, Barclays Africa Group); Fola Laoye (Chairman, Hygeia Group); Alhaji Umaru Tanko Al Makura (Governor, Nasarawa State, Nigeria); Chief Willie Obiano (Governor, Anambra State, Nigeria); Onno Schellekens (Chief Executive Officer, Pharm Access Group); Issam Darwish (Executive Vice-chairman & Chief Executive Officer, HIS); Adebola Williams (Co-Founder, RED); and Chief Eric Umeofia (President and Chief Executive Officer, Erisco Foods Limited).
Nigeria Summit is part of The Economistâ€™s high-growth markets series of events; it has become one of the leading events in Africa where business, government and ideas people meet.
The Summit shall be co-chaired by Rosenthal and Edward Carr (Deputy Editor, The Economist). The overall aim of the summit shall be to â€œexplore the economic and social progress made to date and take an in-depth look at what the future will hold for Africaâ€™s biggest economy.â€