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Financial Nigeria hosts 10th Anniversary Colloquium in Abuja

28 Aug 2018, 04:24 pm
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Financial Nigeria hosts 10th Anniversary Colloquium in Abuja

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The theme of the colloquium is, “Nigeria’s Sustainable Development Agenda." It will hold on Tuesday, September 11th, 2018, at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja.

Financial Nigeria magazine, Africa’s premier development and finance journal, has announced its plan to host a colloquium on the theme “Nigeria’s Sustainable Development Agenda”. The public lecture, which is being organised to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the monthly magazine, will hold on Tuesday, September 11th, 2018, at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja.

Two keynote addresses on the theme of the colloquium will be delivered by Dr. Muhammad Ali Pate, a global health expert and former Nigerian Minister of State for Health; and Mr. Arshad Rab, a renown development thinker and CEO of the European Organisation for Sustainable Development.

“Since its debut in August 2008, Financial Nigeria has been published every month,” said Jide Akintunde, Founder and Managing Editor of the magazine. “At the 10th anniversary of our publication, we want to advance the debate of the priority policy goals for achieving sustainable economic development in Nigeria. When the U.S. innovator-turn-philanthropic Bill Gates sparked this debate months ago, the discussion was stifled amid growing evidence that the country’s development priority may be sub-optimal. We now want to re-ignite the debate in a way that is positive for development in Nigeria”.

Following the keynote addresses, a high-level panel will discuss the strategies for trade, fiscal sustainability, human development, external relations and financing in setting appropriate development goals for the country. The panellists include Stuart Symington, U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria; Victor Muruako, Executive Chairman, Fiscal Responsibility Commission; Kole Shettima, Director for Africa Office, MacArthur Foundation; Femi Aribisala, International relations scholar; and Herbert Wigwe, GMD/CEO, Access Bank Plc.

“This colloquium is an opportunity to serve the wider Nigerian public with the quality debates and cutting-edge ideas that Financial Nigeria provides its readers on a monthly basis,” said Martins Hile, Executive Editor of Financial Nigeria magazine. “Therefore, the anniversary lecture will offer admission for free, upon prior registration, and will be broadcast on television and streamed live on social media”.

Registration is currently ongoing at for reservation of the limited number of seats available. Guests and participants at the colloquium will include senior government officials, members of the diplomatic corps, policymakers, social and community leaders, development experts, leaders in business and finance, and the media. In total, over 350 guests are expected to attend and more than 10 million people will watch the event on television and online.

“We expect cogent policy prescriptions to come out of the dialogue,” said Akachi Ngwu, Chairman of the organising committee for the colloquium. Mr. Ngwu, a media consultant and member of the Editorial Board of Financial Nigeria, added that “individual and corporate Nigeria need to join the government in proffering solutions to the development challenges of the country. These challenges include rising poverty, unemployment, infrastructural deficit and inadequate manpower development”.

The colloquium is being organised by Nigeria Development and Finance Forum (NDFF), which is the conference arm of Financial Nigeria International Limited, publisher of Financial Nigeria magazine. NDFF has held international conferences on Nigeria in London, Washington DC and New York, to brief global investors and Nigerians in diaspora on Nigeria’s investment climate and facilitate inward investments into the country.

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