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FG urged to leverage technology to enhance economic growth

The Federal Government has been urged to leverage technology to enhance growth of the economy.

Uche Val Obi, managing partner, Alliance Law Firm, gave the urge in Lagos at a press briefing to announce the upcoming event that would bring together key stakeholders from across the world to brainstorm on ‘Leveraging Technology to Develop and Rebrand Nigeria.’

The Alliance Law Firm lecture is an annual event that brings together key stakeholders from across the world to discuss critical and topical themes central to the socio-economic development and industrial growth of Nigeria. It is part of the firm’s corporate social responsibility programmes aimed at giving back to society.

This year’s theme is considered topical considering the disruptive and pivotal place of technology in Nigeria’s quest for economic advancement, nation building and positive image profiling.

“We have gone to great lengths to assemble a stellar faculty and top executive audience in order to do justice to the theme,” Obi said.

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The firm will also use the occasion to unveil its Doing Business In Nigeria Guide manual which has been described as the most friendly handbook for start-ups, foreign and established businesses wishing to operate seamlessly in Nigeria. In doing this, the Firm leveraged its advisory experiences and role as notable contributor to the IMF/World Bank Doing Business publications.

The keynote lecture will be delivered by Leo Stan Ekeh, founder/chairman of Zinox Technologies Limited and Konga.com. The event is being chaired by Ernest Ndukwe, chairman of MTN Nigeria plc.

The panel of discussants includes: Patrick Akinwutan, MD/CEO of Ecobank; Chantelle Abdul, GMD Mojec International Holdings; Andrew Nevin, the chief economist and Partner Deal Advisory at PWC; Segun Aina, President Fintech NGR; Linda Ikeji, a leading Blogger in Africa; and Umar B. Bindir, the former director-general and CEO, National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP).

The maiden edition held in 2018, which discussed the emerging trends in corporate governance, featured Dotun Suleiman, chairman of FRCN, as key speaker, and was chaired by Pat Utomi, supported by an eminent panel of experts drawn from multiple sectors of the economy and regulatory institutions to enrich deliberations.

The highpoint of the event was the presentation of a pioneering book titled ‘Class Actions in Nigeria’ authored by Uche Val Obi, by Justice Ejembi Eko, J.S.C. on behalf of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) supported by other dignitaries present. The book is presently the only standard local text on class action in Nigeria. We are presently working with some heads of Court in Nigeria on developing practice directions that will facilitate the development of class suits in the country.

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