The Presidency said that Nigeria, in collaboration with the Africa Business Roundtable, will organize the second edition of the Nigeria International Economic Partnership Forum (NIEPF) in New York, USA.
NIEPF is a global economic investment platform, and is scheduled for September 22, on the sidelines of the 77th United Nations General Assembly taking place in the US city.
According to a statement by Malam Garba Shehu, spokesperson for the president, the investment platform is organized as part of the continuous efforts to further open the country’s economy to international capital and attract foreign investment.
“Standing 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. said.
Shehu revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari will deliver the keynote address at the event.
He said the President would also convene a high-level Presidential Session with other Presidents and Heads of Delegations on issues requiring joint action for African countries in the development drive, such as recovery priorities and funding post-COVID-19.
He will also discuss Africa’s investment climate and market as well as risk reduction on the continent.
According to him, 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.
He said they would also focus on Nigeria in the global economy; and International Partnership for Nigeria on The Development Drive.
“Given the wide range of personalities present at the forum, there will be thematic cluster sessions on:
(i) Develop Nigerian agriculture for food security and access to export markets with particular emphasis on the impact of the Russian-Ukrainian war which presents opportunities for G7/G20-Nigeria partnerships in the field of farming.
(ii) Increase international resources for financing education in Africa with emphasis on creating facilities to link government, agreement sponsors and international pools of capital in education.
(iii) Nigeria’s Oil and Gas Sector: Reforms, Results and Way Forward Focused 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 to the limit of:
“Improving and expanding Nigeria’s healthcare 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.
“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 the expansion of the road network, the upgrading of the airport, including airports dedicated to exports, the production, transmission and distribution of electricity.
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, chairman of the Business Council of the United States and chairman and CEO of Microsoft Corp.
The others are 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 and Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed, Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, John Kerry, US President’s Special Climate Envoy; and Abdul-Samad Rabiu, Executive Chairman of BUA Group,
Rabiu is also Chairman of the France-Nigeria Business Council.
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