FirstBank partners NESG to host 22nd economic summit


1As part of the continued commitment to drive financial inclusion and sustainable national economic development First Bank of Nigeria Limited and FBN Merchant Bank Limited have partnered The Nigerian Economic Summit Group to host the 22nd Nigerian Economic Summit (NES#22) with the theme: ‘Made in Nigeria.’

The summit which is scheduled to hold at the Transcorp Hilton, Abuja from October 10 – 12, 2016, will highlight the significant role of public-private sector dialogue in national transformation.  The event is projected to drive “consciousness and build national consensus on what is urgently required to rebuild, revamp and reinforce public-private dialogue for a collaborative and an all-inclusive economic growth”. It would also be a platform to drive stakeholders’ deliberation on the practical issues, opportunities, policies and regulations required to achieve a successful actualization of “Made in Nigeria” mantra through conscious and sustainable efforts to patronize made in Nigeria products and services.

According to the MD/CEO of First Bank of Nigeria Limited and Subsidiaries, Dr. Adesola Adeduntan, “FirstBank supports initiatives that create opportunities for the advancement of inclusive and sustainable growth of the Nigerian economy. As a nation builder, FirstBank will continue to lead the discourse on how best to achieve competitiveness and inclusive growth in a sustainable way to stimulate structural and fiscal changes required to strengthen the Nigerian economy. These will be achieved through measurable outcomes which are crucial in defining the agenda that will help in making Nigeria’s socio-economic environment globally competitive”.

Mrs. Ibukun Awosika, Chairman, First Bank of Nigeria Limited and CEO of Sokoa Chair Centre will be joining a c-suite panel of Ministers and Industry captains to lead the discourse on the “Ease of Doing Business” in Nigeria at the event. She will also headline a special documentary on leading indigenous entrepreneurs that will be shown for the first time at the opening session of the summit to highlight the possibilities of building globally successful businesses out of Nigeria.

His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to declare NES#22 open and lead a Presidential Policy dialogue which will focus on key strategic elements required to drive global competitiveness and sustenance for made in Nigeria products and services and strengthen Nigeria’s economy via plenary sessions; while His Excellency, Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, will lead the Roundtable Session on job creation, skills acquisition and development at the Summit. Other high level dignitaries expected at the summit include Mrs. Kemi Adeosun; Minister for Finance, Federal Republic of Nigeria; Dr. Adesola Adeduntan, MD/CEO, First Bank of Nigeria Limited and Subsidiaries; and Mr. Kayode Akinkugbe, MD, FBN Merchant Bank Limited among others.

The summit is also a veritable platform that will facilitate stakeholders’ discussions/agreements on the practical issues, opportunities that abound, policies and regulations needed to make “Made In Nigeria” a success in the Country.  It will also aid the formulation of smart strategies aimed at achieving self-sufficiency and value-addition capacities for several products and services in the shortest possible span.

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