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Cowrie Partners, Accenture organise forum on Nigeria’s economic diversification


Cowrie Partners, a firm of commercial lawyers focused on responsible and ethical finance and investments, in conjunction with Accenture, Federal Ministry of Power and Norwegian- African Business Association is organizing an international conference on economic diversification of Nigeria and investment opportunities.

The forum tagged ‘Nigeria Finance and Investment Forum’ to be held in Abuja on June 18, this year and also supported by Oxford Business Group will bring together local and international investors and government officials.

Ernest Shonekan, the former Head of State; Chinedu Nebo, Minister of Power and Shamsuddeen Usman, Minister National planning are some of the speakers.

The conference focuses on diversifying the economy, investment opportunities and the march towards economic transformation, Sola Adeyegbe, principal partner at Cowrie Partners told BusinessDay.

“The forum offers delegates current information and networking opportunities as it brings together policymakers, regulators, bankers and their top customers and major international investors and financiers to draw attention to Nigeria’s non-oil investment opportunities,” he said.

Ebun Odukoya, the conference coordinator said the proceedings and recommendations arising from the conference would be annually produced by Accenture and delivered to the relevant authorities and interested delegates.

She further said that all the partners in the conference were making sure the event is brought to the attention of relevant world and African investors.

Some of the topics lined up for discussion include, Power, Real estate, agriculture and aviation as game changers for the Nigerian economy, lessons from the recent Banking Restructuring and the local strategy for compliance with Basel 2 and 3, Capital market integrity: value creation, investor protection and efficient markets.

The conference would also address Nigeria’s infrastructure deficit and the role of government, banks, pension funds, private equity, Development finance institutions and Sovereign Wealth Fund and where Nigeria is in the march towards achieving the Vision 20 :2020 economic transformation.

The conference which also has, Donald Duke, former governor of Cross Rivers; Sam Amadi, CEO, Nigerian Electricity Regulation Commission; and Oscar Onyema, CEO Nigerian Stock Exchange as attendees is intended to bring together public and private sectors to generate ideas that will lead to the creation of the environment that attracts fresh investments and sustainable business.

Other objectives of the international conference is to encourage prospective investors and financiers to visit Nigeria to meet with the Nigerian public and private sectors, it is also intended to showcase the areas of investments that can diversify Nigeria’s economy especially in power, agriculture, real estate, aviation and infrastructural development.

Other speakers expected at the event include Taiwo Adeniji, Director Financial Institutions and Advisory of Africa Finance Corporation, Uche Orji, Managing Director of Nigerian Sovereign Wealth Fund and Dave Uduanu, Managing Director, Pensions Alliance Limited, Niyi Yusuf, Country Managing Director Accenture among others.

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