Nigeria Magazine Presents: Revitalise 3 Nigeria Business and Investment Summit.
On Tuesday the 8th of October 2013, Nigeria Magazine held the third Revitalise Nigeria Business and Investment Summit at Thistle Marble Arch in London.
The summit was an informative and productive event with many esteemed guests and speakers; the topic for the summit was Unlocking Investment Opportunities.
The event was opened with a welcome and introduction speech by the chairman of Nigeria Magazine, Kede Aihie. He welcomed all the guests and thanked them for the support they have given the magazine and the Revitalise Nigeria Business and Investment Summits that they have organised over the years. He also reminded the audience that Nigeria as a country has a lot of opportunities and that we should look for ways to boost and make use of the opportunities on offer.
The first speaker of the day was Mr Emmanuel Nweke, the representative of the Nigerian High Commissioner in the United Kingdom. Mr Nweke read the speech prepared by the High Commissioner, His Excellency, Dr Dalhatu Sarki Tafida, OFR, CFR. In the speech, the High Commissioner commended Nigeria Magazine on their work informing investors and potential investors in Nigeria about the opportunities available in business and investment. He also went on to mention other investment opportunities available presently.
Peter Bishop the Deputy Chief Executive London Chamber of Commerce & Industry gave a presentation about their work in Sub-Sahara and Africa and went on to focus on their work with Nigeria. He gave statistics about Nigeria’s economic growth in recent years. He spoke about the interest of the British government in investing in and working with Nigeria because they realise the profits and advantages they will gain by making a partnership with Nigeria.
The key note speaker was Clive Carpenter, Vice Chairman Business Council Africa. Mr Carpenter thanked the organisers for inviting him to their event to give the key note. He spoke about the developments in Nigeria and President Goodluck Jonathan’s administrations 20/20/20 goal for Nigeria to be one of the top 20 economies in the world. He spoke about his own experience in Nigeria and advised people on the do’s and don’ts when going to invest in Nigeria. He ended his speech with a saying that had the guests in stitches “If you are not in Nigeria, don’t say you’re in Africa because you’re not”.
Francis Nwokedi, Partner, Fasken Martineau LLP gave a talk on realising Nigeria’s potentials. He spoke about the need for Nigeria adopting a world view in order for Nigerians to realise the full potential of what the country has to offer. He spoke about direct and foreign investments and the best ways to profit from Nigeria.
The first panel of the event was focused on talking about opportunities in Nigeria. The panel chaired by Esosa Aihie of Nigeria Magazine, consisted of Clive Carpenter, Mr Nweke, Elizabeth Uwaifo and Francis Nwokedi. They gave a lot of advice on the ways in which people will be able to make use of the business and investment opportunities they get in Nigeria.
Mark Norris gave an informative presentation on infrastructure and development in the transportation sector. He spoke about the development plans in the UK and went on to focus on asset management and the benefits Nigerians can make from the new development in the transportation sector.
Chidi Umeano gave a very captivating and interesting presentation on asset management and infrastructural planning. He spoke about productivity growth and building a business in Nigeria.
The second panel chaired by Sam Dimka of Ritecom Communications focused on questions from the audience about how the country aims to help the youth in Nigeria. Other panellists included, Chidi Umeano, Mark Norris and Dr Gbadebo Ogunlami.
Elizabeth Uwaifo, Partner, Fasken Martineau LLP gave a speech at the end of the event, talking about the ways in which we can revitalise Nigeria.
She also chaired the third panel which focused on changing our mindset as Nigerians to make positive changes for the benefit of Nigeria and the rest of Africa.
The event was informative, motivational and factual; it was a success and ended with a networking session.
By: Ayanronke Ojo.