Fi­nan­cial Nige­ria Hosts 10th An­niver­sary Col­lo­quium in Abuja

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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 at­nan­cial­nige­ 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.

Fi­nan­cial Nige­ria magazine is a jour­nal on de­vel­op­ment and fi­nance, pub­lished every month since Au­gust 2008 by Fi­nan­cial Nige­ria In­ter­na­tional Limited. The magazine is mainly dis­trib­uted by sub­scrip­tion within and out­side Nige­ria.

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