The Ondo State Government is set to hold the first of its kind “Development Partners summit” scheduled for next week Wednesday and Thursday.
The submit, which is the state’s concept of an investment forum, is organised by the Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning in partnership with the Ministry of Education.
The development partners summit tagged: “Develop Ondo 2018 ” will be declared opened by Vice- President Yemi Osibanjo at the International Centre for Culture and Event (The Dome), Igbatoro Road, Akure.
The Development Partners Summit is aimed at attracting stakeholders in the private sector for the realization of the economic growth and development objectives of the state.
The two-day programme with the theme: “Partnership for Progress” will primarily focus on three thematic areas, namely economy, infrastructure and social investment.
Addressing reporters on Friday in Akure, the state Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Emmanuel Igbasan, said: “The submit will avail investors and development partners a great opportunity to have first-hand experience of Ondo’s Hospitality and the huge business opportunities available in the state.”
Participants expected at the summit include regional and international development partners, donor agencies, trade missions of embassies in Nigeria, relevant ministries, departments & agencies (MDAs) at the federal level and financial Institutions.
Others are international oil companies (IOCs), conglomerates, high net worth individuals / Philanthropists, Ondo Indigenes in Diaspora, Youth groups, Women groups, Community Based Organizations and Traditional rulers.
Highly knowledgeable and respected individuals to speak at the technical sessions of the Summit are: Mr. Rachid Benmessaoud, Country Director, World Bnak Nigeria , Mr. Ebirama FAAL, Country Director, AFDB, Mrs. Debbie Palmer, Head of DFID Nigeria, Mr. Mohammed Fall, Country Director, UNICEF Nigeria, Mr. Stephen M. Haykin, Country Director USAID , Dr. Samuel Bwalya, Country Director, UNDP, Mr. Paul Basinga, Country Director, Bill & Melinda Gate, Prof. Ms Hassana Alidou, Country Director, UNESCO and others.