10th NBA-SBL conference to focus on law reform for economic development

As the 2016 annual Business Law Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association Section on Business Law (NBA-SBL) opens June 22, there are hopes that it will produce a report that will help the Federal Government as it seeks ways of tackling the country’s numerous economic problems.

Babatunde Ajibade, chair of the conference planning committee, said the theme of the conference, ‘Law Reform and Economic Development,’ was carefully chosen to explore and highlight the role of law reform in facilitating economic development, especially as Nigeria faces challenging times.

“We are looking forward to a great conference. We are expecting that the report from this conference will be instrumental to our lawmaking process and ultimately economic growth,” Ajibade said.

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“Reports from previous conferences have been presented to the government and we are hoping it would help both the legislature and the executive as they consider setting a base for the diversification of the economy,” he said.

According to Theodora Kio-Lawson, chairperson of the SBL Research and Publicity Committee, the SBL conference has become very important in the legal calendar in Nigeria, as the conference planning committee is making all efforts to ensure a successful outing.

“This being the 10th of our annual conferences, we are particularly proud to be hosting it and we are leaving no stone unturned to make sure that it will be a spectacular conference,” she said.

The conference will hold at Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, from Wednesday, June 22 to Friday, June 24, 2016, Kio-Lawson said, saying Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has been confirmed to give the keynote address at the opening dinner scheduled for June 22. Osinbajo will speak on the topic ‘Africa Rising: Managing Africa’s Economies for the Benefit of Its Peoples’.

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