18TH MICRO SMALL AND MEDIUM ENTERPRISES SUMMIT AND EXHIBITION HOLDING FROM TUESDAY, 24TH – WEDNESDAY, 25TH MARCH 2020 AT LINKS HOTEL, OWERRI, IMO STATE

NASME in collaboration with stakeholders is organizing the 18th Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, (MSMEs) Summit and Exhibition to draw attention to the huge potentials of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (ACFTA) for economic development through job creation, income generation, and structural transformation of the economies of African countries in general and Nigeria’s economy in particular. The theme of the summit is “Positioning Nigerian MSMEs for African Continental Free Trade Agreement Opportunities”, will hold on Tuesday, March 24th and Wednesday, March 25th, 2020 at Links Hotel, Owerri, Imo State by 10:00am prompt.

 

The event promises to attract the presence of high value stakeholders and captains of industries as well as over 2,000 participants from all walks of life to Owerri, the Imo State Capital to witness several activities that have been carefully lined up including Panel Discussions, Networking, and Exhibition of locally manufactured products and services by our cherished MSMEs across Nigeria.

 

The event which will be declared open by His Excellency, the Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinmma with the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, GCON as Special Guest of Honour. Among other dignitaries expected are; the Governors of the other four Southeast States, Ministers of relevant Ministries, Director Generals/CEOs of Federal and State MDAs, and the tOrganized Private Sector (OPS).

 

Important and burning issues will be discussed and dissected by various industry experts on:

 

  • Regulatory Framework for Full Participation in AFCFTA
  • Finance Options for Full Participation in AFCFTA
  • Threats and Challenges in Creating a Single Market
  • Enhancing Competitiveness and Creating Bigger and more Profitable Opportunities for MSMEs through the AFCFTA

 

SUMMIT THEME, SUB-THEMES AND SPEAKER

 

 

  • Theme of the summit: “Positioning Nigerian MSMEs for African Continental Free Trade Agreement Opportunities”

 

 

 

  • Sub-themes:

 

Sub-theme 1 – “Regulatory framework for full participation in the AFCFTA”

Lead Speaker:

Director of Trade, Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade & Investment (FMIT&I)

 

Panelist:

  1. Director General, National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC)

 

  1. Mohammad Mamman Nami, The Executive Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS)

 

  1. The Director General/CEO, Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON)

 

  1. Abubakar Garba, Registrar General, Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC)

 

  1. The Chief Executive Officer, Deloitte, Akintola Williams Deloitte

 

  1. The Chief Executive Officer, Price Water House Coopers Incorporated

 

Sub-theme 2 – “Finance options for full participation in the AFCFTA”

Lead Speaker:

Mr. Olukayode Pitan, Managing Director/CEO, Bank of Industry (BoI)

 

Panelist:

  1. Mr. Tony Okpanachi, Managing Director/CEO, Development Bank of Nigeria (DBN)

 

  1. Mr. Emeka Emuwa, Managing Director/CEO, Union Bank of Nigeria Plc. (UBN)

 

  1. Mr. Nnamdi Okonkwo, Managing Director/CEO, Fidelity Bank Plc.

 

  1. Managing Director/CEO, Bank of Agriculture (BoA)

 

  1. The Managing Director/CEO, JAIZ Bank Plc.

 

  1. Abubakar. A. Bello, The Managing Director/CEO, Nigerian Export-Import Bank (NEXIM)

 

Sub-theme 3 – “Threats and Challenges in creating a single market”

Lead Speaker:

Director General, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)

 

Panelist:

  1. Director General, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN)

 

  1. Director General, Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE)

 

  1. Prof. Jonathan Aremu, Professor of International Economic Relation, Consultant, ECOWAS, Common Investment Market (ECIM)

 

  1. The Managing Director, NASD

 

  1. Director General, Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines & Agriculture (NACCIMA)

 

Sub-theme 4 – “Enhancing competitiveness and creating bigger and more profitable opportunities for MSMEs through the AFCFTA”

Lead Speaker:

Executive Director/CEO, Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC)

 

Panelist:

  1. Director General, Small & Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN)

 

  1. Peter Bankole, President, Franchise Business Membership Association

 

  1. Honourable Commissioner, Imo State Ministry of Commerce and Entrepreneurship

 

  1. Director General, Nigerian Office for Trade Negotiation (NOTN)

The Executive Secretary/Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC)

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