The Economist will on March 7 and 8, bring together key government ministry officials, industry and business leaders as well as representatives of Nigerian civil society, international investors, economists and academics together under one roof in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital, to discuss and debate Nigeria’s economic direction at a time of crisis caused by low oil prices.
“This year’s Nigeria Summit will bring together more than 350 participants drawn from different walks of life including Nigeria’s public and private sectors, international business players and investors for a discussion on what the future holds for Nigeria” Jonathan Rosenthal, Africa Editor at The Economist commented.
Themed, “The Dawn of A New Day?”, the summit will 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.
Discussion will also be on how economic growth can improve security; strategies for placing economic growth at the heart of Nigeria’s effort to unite the country; and, how Nigeria can achieve economic diversification away from oil, overcome challenges and plug the holes in public finances (reduce official corruption), create jobs for its youth, reduce poverty and improve the purchasing power of the citizens.
Being at the heart of the continent’s economic renaissance, speakers will also be expected to review Nigeria‘s role on the African continent as well as on a global stage.
The Economist Events has lined up an array of high networth personalities in government and commerce from across the globe as speakers. They include Nigeria’s Vice President Prof Yemi Osinbajo, Africa’s richest man, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Danladi Verheijen, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Verod; Herbert Wigwe, Chief Executive Officer, Access Bank; 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.
Also billed to speak at the summit are: 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, IHS; Adebola Williams, Co-Founder, RED; and Chief Eric Umeofia (Ikuku Oma, Amichi), President and Chief Executive Officer, Erisco Foods Limited.