Africa’s richest person, Aliko Dangote, and the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiel, are among the dignitaries expected at the 7th Annual Edition of the Zenith Bank International Trade Seminar, which will hold on Wednesday at the Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos, and virtually.
Dangote will give the keynote address while Emefiele as well as the founder and Chairman, Zenith Bank Plc, Jim Ovia; Secretary General, African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), Wamkele Mene and President/Chairman, African Export-Import Bank, Prof. Benedict Okey Oramah will deliver goodwill messages.
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The seminar, themed “Unlocking Opportunities in Nigeria’s Non-Oil Export Business”, is part of Zenith Bank’s efforts to support the CBN initiatives to grow the country’s non-oil export sector.
The seminar will draw participation from trade practitioners, local and foreign exporters, manufacturers, financial institutions, and government agencies. The forum would provide an opportunity for all participants, including relevant government agencies, to explore ways to unlock the immense opportunities in Nigeria’s Non-Oil Export Sector.
According to the organisers, there will be three-panel discussions during the seminar. The first panel, titled “Unlocking Opportunities in Nigeria’s Non-Oil Export Business: Operators/Practitioners’ Perspectives”, will focus on the value chain and prospects of the non-oil export sector.
The second panel, titled “Funding/Logistics/Government Support for the Non-Oil Export Sector”, will explore the availability of long-term funds, insurance & reinsurance, and risk-sharing mechanisms for the non-oil export sector.
The third panel discussion, titled “The ABC of Non-Oil Export”, will focus on the pitfalls in the non-oil export business, standardization and grading of primary export products, as well as the export of services, especially in the burgeoning Nigerian creative industry.