In its continued drive to further open the country’s economy to international capital and attract foreign investment, the Nigerian government, in collaboration with the Africa Business Roundtable, is organizing the second edition of the Nigeria International Economic Partnership Forum (NIEPF) , a global economic forum investment platform, this time in New York, USA.
According to a statement from the presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, this high-level event is scheduled for Thursday, September 22, 2022, on the sidelines of the 77th United Nations General Assembly which is taking place in the American city.
Held alongside the annual global gathering, the NIEPF is expected to attract the presence of global leaders from politics, business, media as well as civil society organizations and international media to focus on Nigeria’s vast economic potentials. and Africa’s leading economy.
He said President Muhammadu Buhari will deliver the keynote address at the event and also organize a high-level presidential session with other presidents and heads of delegations on issues requiring joint action for African countries on the development campaign such as after COVID-19. recovery and funding priorities; The investment climate and market in Africa as well as risk reduction on the continent.
Shehu said the NIEPF will bring together senior Nigerian government officials as well as renowned and highly respected global players from the public and private sectors who will rub their minds on Nigeria’s economic prospects, focusing on Nigeria in the global economy. ; and International Partnership for Nigeria on The Development Drive.
He said, “Given the wide range of personalities attending the forum, there will be clustered thematic sessions on: (i) Growing Nigerian Agriculture for Food Security and Export Market Access with a special emphasis on the impact of the Russian-Ukrainian war which presents opportunities for G7/G20-Nigeria partnerships in the field of agriculture.
“(ii) Increase international resources for financing education in Africa with emphasis on creating facilities to link government, deal sponsors and international pools of capital in education; and (iii) Nigerian Oil and Gas Sector: Reforms, Outcomes and the Way Forward with a Focus on Increasing Investment in the Gas Market – Plants, Parks, Cylinders, Reinjection.
“Other issues scheduled for discussion include: Increasing international resources for health care in Africa bordering on: Upgrading and expanding Nigeria’s health care infrastructure to make Nigeria the “health care hub” for Africa; Climate change and pathways to a clean environment, with a focus on pathways to a clean economy, clean energy, and clean development.
“And financing Nigeria’s infrastructure with focus on infrastructure development such as Farm to Market Corridor, Farm to Ports Corridor, Export Transport Corridor, Rail Network , upgrading and expansion of the road network, upgrading of the airport, including airports dedicated to exports, power generation, transmission and distribution .
Speakers and panelists at the event include Aliko Dangote, Chairman of Dangote Group; Bill Gates, co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Satya Nadella, President of the United States Business Council and Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft Corp, Antony Blinken, United States Secretary of State, Florie Liser, President of the Corporate Council on Africa and Members of the Business Council of International Understanding, Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed, Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, John Kerry, Special Envoy of the American President for the climate; and Abdul Samad Rabiu, Executive Chairman of BUA Group, who is also Chairman of the France-Nigeria Business Council.
The others are Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Director General of the World Trade Organization, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank and Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations. United Nations (UN) and others