Zenith Bank Int’l Trade Seminar Holds In Lagos

Zenith Bank holds 7th annual int'l trade seminar on non-oil export -  Vanguard News

Ken Okeke

Zenith Bank Plc has slated its 7th annual edition of the international trade seminar to hold on Wednesday, July 20, 2022, at the Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The seminar, themed “Unlocking Opportunities in Nigeria’s Non-Oil Export Business”, is part of Zenith Bank’s efforts to support the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) initiatives to grow the country’s non-oil export sector.

The bank explained that the seminar would draw participation from trade practitioners, local and foreign exporters, manufacturers, financial institutions, and government agencies.

“This 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”the statement added,

The export seminar will feature a welcome address by the Group Managing Director of Zenith Bank Plc, Ebenezer Onyeagwu, while the Keynote Speaker is Aliko Dangote, President and Chief Executive of Dangote Group. Goodwill messages will be delivered by very eminent individuals, including the Founder and Chairman, Zenith Bank Plc, Jim Ovia, Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Emefiele; Secretary General, African Continental Free Trade Area, AfCFTA, Wamkele Mene; and President/Chairman, African Export-Import Bank, Prof. Benedict Okey Oramah.

The statement noted that there will be three panel discussions during the seminar.

The bank said : “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 and has five discussants, including the Managing Director, GACON Ltd, HRM Adaku Chidume Okoro; Managing Director, WACOT, Bibhu Nanda; Group Managing Director, Tulip Cocoa, Johan Van Der Merwe; Managing Director, First Patriot, Santosh Phenany; and Managing Director, Starlink Global &Ideal Ltd, Alhaji Adeyemi M. Adeniji.

“The second panel, titled “Funding/Logistics/Government Support for the Non-Oil Export sector”, will explore the availability of long-term funds, insurance and reinsurance, and risk-sharing mechanism 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, standardisation and grading of primary export products, as well as the export of services, especially the burgeoning Nigerian creative industry.”

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