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EU-Nigeria Partnership: Sustainable Growth And Job Creation Attainable In Nigeria

EU-Nigeria Partnership: Sustainable Growth And Job Creation Attainable In Nigeria

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(L-R) Head of Trade and Economic Section, EU Delegation, Filippo Amato; Deutsche Bank, Chief Country Representative for Nigeria, Mr. Andreas Voss; CEO, Development Bank of Nigeria (DBN), Mr Tony Okpanachi; Regional representative, European Investment Bank (EIB), Mrs Isabella Van Grunderbeeck; Country Director, International Finance Corporation (IFC), Mrs Eme Essien; Dr Wiebe Boer, CEO, All on; EIP Secretariat, European Commission, Mr. Juan Casla Urteaga; Country Director, African Development Bank (AfDB), Mr. Ebrima Faal; Deputy Head of EU Delegation to Nigeria & ECOWAS, Mr. Richard Young

By Victor Gotevbe, Publisher and Nathaniel Gotevbe, Correspondent.

Building partnership for growth and job creation was the spotlight for this Year’s EU Nigeria Business Forum held at Eko Hotel, Lagos. The 7th edition of the forum attracted people from all walks of life including government officials, business executives, diplomats,Policy experts and the Media. Various panel discussions and key note presentations were made anchored on why there is an  European Business Organization (EBO) in Nigeria;   Effective Dialogue between Private and Public Sector; Circular Economy: Exploring Opportunities for Nigeria and leveraging innovative financial instruments to attract investments to Nigeria.

(L-R) MD Unilever, Yaw Nsarkoh; CEO Lafarge Africa Plc, Michel Purchercos; Regional head of sales and business development, BASF West Africa, Dr. Kwadwo Owusu-Sarfo; Director, Global sustainable development, European Commission DG Environment, Ms. Astrid Schomaker; DG/CEO National environmental standards and regulations enforcement agency, Dr. Lawrence Anukam; CEO Sunray Ventures, Mr. Christian Wessels; Deputy Head of EU Delegation to Nigeria & ECOWAS, Mr. Richard Young
Photo credit: Adeboye Oluwatosin

Diplomatic Watch spoke with some of the delegates who expressed their confidence that the Forum reassures that EU-Nigeria partnership  will assist Nigeria’s target of recognizing barriers  toward enhancing the ease of doing business ranking and giving solutions to these challenges.  Also, Nigeria can join other countries in identifying and optimizing opportunities in the Circular Economy. The discussion on some financial instruments and tools offered by Development banks and the International institutions to attract investments to Nigeria  armed them with the knowledge that  helps to de-risk investment and catalyze the private sector.

Some dignitaries present were : Ambassador Richard Young, Deputy Head of EU Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS; Mrs. Folashade Ambrose-Medeme, President, European Business Organization; Mr. Afolabi  Imoukhuede, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the President on Job Creation and Youth Employment, Office of the Vice President; Mrs. Yewande Sadiku, Executive Secretary, Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC); Representative of Mrs. Onyeche Tifase, MD/CEO of Siemens Nigeria; Mr. Simon Melchior, CEO, Asseco Software Nigeria; Mr. Bismarck Rewane, Managing Director, Financial Derivatives; Ms. Astrid Schomaker, Director, Global Sustainable Development, European Commission DG Environment; Dr. Lawrence Chidi Anukam, DG/CEO, National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA); Mr. Michel Purchercos, CEO, Lafarge Africa Plc; and Dr. Kwadwo Owusu-Sarfo, Regional Head of Sales and  Business Development, BASF West Africa.

Others include: Mr. Yaw Nsarkoh, MD, Unilever Nigeria Plc; Mr. Christian Wessels, CEO, Sunray Ventures; Mr. Ebrima Faal, Country Director, African Development Bank (AFDB); Mr. Juan Casla Urteaga, EIP Secretariat, European Commission; Mr. Andreas Voss, Deutsche Bank, Chief Country Representative , Nigeria; Mrs Eme Essien, Country Director, International Finance Cooperation (IFC); and Mr. Muda Yusuf, Director General, Lagos State Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) amongst others.

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Victor Gotevbe Victor Gotevbe is Publisher and Editor in Chief of Diplomatic Watch powered by Conduit Communications Limited, where he serves as CEO.

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