Economic Recovery Tops CIBN 14th Annual Conference Agenda

Yemisi Izuora

Banking industry professionals in Nigeria under the aegis of Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria, CIBN, has completed arrangements to host its 14th Annual Banking and Finance Conference.

The forum scheduled for September 14 – 15, 2021, is themed, “ECONOMIC RECOVERY, INCLUSION AND TRANSFORMATION: THE ROLE OF BANKING & FINANCE”

Giving details of the conferences during a media engagement, Herbert Wigwe, Chairman, Consultative Committee of the conference said the event will be executed as hybrid – virtual and physical, with strict adherence to the COVID-19 non pharmaceutical precautionary protocols against the spread of the pandemic.

Wigwe, who is also GMD/CEO, Access Bank Plc, disclosed that the event will have

over 10,000 participants across the globe in attendance who would login virtually, through zoom teleconferencing.

“There will be two physical locations at the Congress Hall of Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja and Bankers House, Victoria Island, Lagos for the Conference. The virtual and the physical will hold simultaneously. Technology and innovation would be deployed for a seamless execution of the Conference onthe virtual and physical platforms.” said the chairman.

The Conference is an annual knowledge-sharing, and solution-based forum for all stakeholders i.e.policymakers, regulators, operators, service providers, members of the academia, clients of the Financial Services Industry and of course the banking public. It provides a medium for professionals within the Industry and beyond, to share experiences, exchange ideas and proffer pragmatic insights on contemporary issues affecting the sector and the economy.

According to Wigwe, “This year’s event is a paradigm shift from previous conferences, with a strategy to enhance the quality of knowledge shared and full comprehension of the various topics to be discussed at the Event. Unlike the previous events, this edition will present all the business sessions in the form of plenary sessions with a view to ensuring a comprehensive coverageof the subject of discourse.”

Continuing, he said as customary, the resolutions at the Conference will be made available to all relevant stakeholders and policy makers to enable them to re-appraise and align their operations/ strategies with global best practices.

The theme of the Conference, he explained is predicated on the need to reposition the banking and finance industry as a catalyst for economic recovery, inclusive growth, and transformation, thereby moving the future of Nigeria forward.

He listed topics slated for presentation to include, Economic Recovery, Inclusion & Transformation: The Role of Banking & Finance, Nigeria’s Economy Post-Covid: Unlocking the Potentials for Transformation, Millennials, Digital Transformation & Future of Payments, Diversity, Inclusion & Equity: Closing the Gap of Untapped Opportunities and Advancing Digitization, Innovation & Inclusivity: Availability, Accessibility & Affordability of Digital Infrastructure

Also topics for the Break-out Sessions include, Economic Recovery, Inclusion, Transformation, Security, Trust & Leadership Effectiveness , Identifying Monetary & Fiscal Policies and Fueling Trans-African Trade.

Others are, Building an Agile Workforce, Millennials as Game Changers for Future of Payments, Leveraging Technology for Financial Inclusion, Women in Leadership and Enhancing Corporate Performance and Sustinability through Diversity.

The rest are, Attracting Foreign Investments through Diversity, Inclusion & Equity, Infrastructure Upgrades through Public Private Partnership, Fintech & Banks as Catalysts for Inclusive Economic Growth and Creating a Workplace Culture of Innovation.

He assured that this year’s edition of the Conference will be unique and memorable, adding that apart from providing participants a veritable platform to connect with other professionals and industry stakeholders across the world, it promises to be intellectually stimulating.

The millennials, GenY and GenZhave been considered as part of the primary target group for this year’s Conference and adequate provision has been made for their robust involvement and participation, he said.

President Muhammadu Buhari, is expected to grace the occasion with his presence along with President Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda.

Other dignitaries expected include: His Excellency,Professor Yemi, Osinbajo, GCON, Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; His Excellency, Mr. BabajideSanwo-Olu, Executive Governor of Lagos State; Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, Minister of Finance, Federal Republic of Nigeria and Mr. Mohammed Musa, Minister, Federal Capital Territory and an array of others.

The organizers have also assembled a spectrum of highly experienced and renowned industry experts as resource persons to speak at the Conference.

His Excellency, President Paul Kagame,President of the Republic of Rwanda will speak on the theme of the Conference and set the tone for the Event, as the Keynote Speaker.

Other confirmed resources persons are: Mrs. Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed, Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning; Ms. Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, the United Nations / Chair of the United Nations Sustainable Development Group; Professor Benedict Oramah, President, African Export–Import Bank (Afrexim); Mr. WamkeleMene, Secretary General, African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and Ms. Vera Songwe, UN Under-Secretary General/Executive Secretary, UN Economic Commission for Africa;  (Mrs). AbikeDabiri-Erewa, Chairman/CEO, Nigerian Diaspora Commission and Dr. (Mrs.) Ajoritsedere Awosika, Chairman/Independent Non-Executive Director, Access Bank Plc.

Others are: Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa, Executive Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission; Dr. Doyin Salami, Chairman, Economic Advisory Council; Mr. Ayotunde Coker, Chief Executive Officer, Rack Centre; Mr. Gbenga Agboola, Founder/ Chief Executive Officer, Flutterwave; Mr. Karl Toriola, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, MTN Nigeria;Mr. Bismarck Rewane, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Financial Derivatives Company Limited, His Highness Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, former Emir of Kano and Vice Chairman, Kaduna Investment Promotion Agency; Ms. FunkeOpeke, Founder/Chief Executive Officer, Main One Cable Company;Mr. IyinoluwaAboyeji, Founder/GeneralPartner, Future Africa; Mr. Razaq Ahmed, CEO/Co-founder, Cowrywise and Mrs.OyizaSalu,Group Head, Human Resources, GTBank Plc.

The Chief Host of the Conference is Mr. Godwin Emefiele, Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria while the host is Bayo Olugbemi, President and Chairman of Council, CIBN.

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