One of Africa’s richest women, Mrs. Folorunso Alakija; Founder of Zenith Bank, Mr. Jim Ovia and Google’s Country Manager in Nigeria, Juliet Ehimuan are among several top Nigerian executives that would brainstorm on the Nigerian economy at this year’s edition of the Africa CEO Forum.
A statement on Tuesday by Abdoul Maiga said for the first time, this year’s forum, which would be co-hosted by the International Finance Corporation, was devoting an exclusive panel discussion to ‘The New Nigerian Economy’, during which the diversification model that has given Nigeria’s economy a shot in the arm will be thoroughly analysed.
“African countries’ past attempts at diversification have not always been successful which is why the Africa CEO Forum will shed light not only on the reasons for this but also on the reforms needed to overcome economic stagnation and revitalise growth prospects,” the statement added.
It noted that at the forum, which is holding its 6th edition in March in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, Nigeria would be fully represented, with over 80 high-level delegates in attendance.
It said that the success of its 2017 edition, which drew around 1,200 African and international personalities, had firmly established the forum as an important international event dedicated to the development of Africa and its companies in a top-level professional setting conducive to meaningful business networking.
According to the statement, other executives that have already confirmed their participation in this year’s edition include the Chief Executive Officer of Seplat Petroleum, Austin Avuru; CEO of the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission, Yewande Sadiku; Executive Chairman of BUA Group; Abdulsamad Rabiu; CEO of United Capital, Oluwatoyin Sanni; CEO of Sahara Group, Tonye Cole; CEO of Capricorn Holding Limited, Degbola Abudu; CEO of Century Group, Ken Etete; CEO of Interswitch, Mitchell Elegbe and CEO of Oando, Wale Tinubu.