Register today to participate in the EU-NIGERIA BUSINESS FORUM 2017

Date: 5th – 6th October, 2017

Venue: Eko Hotel, Lagos

Theme: Youth as Engine of Broad-Based Economic Transformation


Enquiries: Nbcidc@gmail,com    and



Master of Ceremony: Dr Mark ABANI

Day One- Thursday, October 5, 2017

8:00-9:00- Registration and Coffee

Goodwill Messages

9:00- 10:00

Head of EU Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Ambassador Ketil Karlsen

Keynote Speech and Welcome Address – Honourable Minister of Communications Technology, Mr Adebayo Shittu

Welcome Address and Opening of event – Executive Governor of Lagos State, H.E. Governor Akinwumi AMBODE

Panel Discussion

10:10-12:30- 1st Session:  Digital Economy, the role of Youth in Economic Transformation through ICT

The ICT sector is a critical economic enabler that supports GDP growth across horizontal sectors of the economy (manufacturing, education, agriculture, healthcare, services, and governance amongst others). ICT is transforming global economies through innovation, reducing the cost of business and making governance more efficient. According to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), ICT accounted for 8.3% of GDP in 2016 while the ERGP seeks to promote the ICT sector by supporting technology development. Nigeria’s telecommunication revolution has boosted the digital economy particularly through increase in internet usage and use of online payment systems. Investment in ICT infrastructure, ICT education and the role of Government regulation are critical issues which need to be addressed in order to build on the successes of this digital revolution. Youth plays a key role in developing the ICT sector, but the right business environment and regulatory framework should be put in place to allow Youth and ICT to unlock all the potentials of Digital Economy.

Keynote Presentations:

  • Digital Transformation: Implication for Nigerian Economic transformation and digital development”, President and MD, Ericsson Nigeria, Mr Rutger REMAN
  • Riding on ICT to create jobs and exit recession, Honourable Minister of Communications Technology, Barrister Adebayo SHITTU

– Moderated Panel Discussion

  • Honourable Minister of Communications Technology, Mr Adebayo SHITTU.
  • CEO/Program Director, iDEA, Ms Helen ANATOGU
  • CEO, IHS Nigeria Limited, Mr Mohammad DARWISH
  • E-government- Lagos State Commissioner for Science & Technology, Mr Olufemi ODUBIYI
  • President and MD, Ericsson Nigeria, Mr Rutger REMAN
  • Country Ambassador, Africa Code Week – Team Manager, SAP Ireland, Mr. Olajide Ademola AJAYI
  • Boost Africa Program, European Investment Bank (EIB), Regional Representative, West Africa, Mrs Isabelle Van GRUNDERBEECK
  • European Commission, Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology, Unit D3, Policy Outreach and International Affairs, Mr Daniel SPOIALA

Chair: CEO, Asseco Software Nigeria, Simon MELCHIOR,

12:30- Networking Lunch

14:30- 16:00- 2nd Session – Youth and Agri-business: Developing Value Chains and Job Creation

Nigeria’s agricultural sector grew by 4% and accounted for 24% of GDP in 2016. The sector has vast opportunities for addressing food security and reducing poverty through large scale employment and wealth creation. For the sector to achieve its full potential there needs to be access to high quality inputs for higher yields, effective capacity building on globally acceptable farm practices to ensure and traceability and take advantage of the ICT tools available to integrate the rural farmer into the agricultural value chain and maximize their profits. Agribusiness offers tremendous opportunities for job creation. ICT and mechanisation can make the sector more efficient and attractive for Youth.  Accessing the international markets has the potential of improving Nigeria’s forex earnings but requires a robust certification system and competitive market access terms The EU-West Africa Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) could substantially contribute to improve exports of agribusiness products from Nigeria, and generally from West Africa, to the EU. The EU and Nigeria established an Agricultural Dialogue in 2016 as a platform where these issues could be discussed.  The panel discussion will capture these broad topics.

Keynote Presentations:

  • The European External Investment Plan, opportunities for the Agri-Business sector,  European Commission representative (DG DEVCO)
  • How to attract Youth to Agribusiness, Honourable Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh

– Moderated Panel Discussion

  • Honourable Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu OGBEH
  • Honourable Commissioner of Agriculture, Ogun State, Mrs Adepeju ADEBAJO
  • International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Youth Agripreneur, Ms Oyindamola ASAAJU
  • Indorama, Vice-President, Business Development, Mrs Sandrina GOMES
  • European Commission, DG TRADE, Deputy Head of Unit D2, Economic Partnership Agreements-African, Caribbean and Pacific, Overseas Countries and Territories,  Mrs Erja ASKOLA
  • UNIDO, Representative to ECOWAS & Regional Director, Mr. Jean B. BAKOLE (represented by Mr Chuma EZEDINMA, Senior Programme Officer/agri-Business Expert)

Chair: Coordinator, Nigerian Agro Business Group (NABG), Mr Emmanuel IJEWERE

Parallel B2B Events organised by Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) Nigeria

16:15 Cocktail and networking reception


Day Two – Friday, 6th October, 2017

08:00-18:00 – Parallel B2B Events organised by Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) Nigeria

8:00-9:00– Coffee and Registration

9:00-9:15 – Wrap up of day one & Introduction of day two Sessions – EU Ambassador, Ketil Karlsen

9:15-9:30 – Goodwill message from the President of the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), National President, Mrs Iyalode Alaba LAWSON

9:30-12:00 – 3rd Session – Empowering Women Entrepreneurs

Women are more economically active in Africa and in Nigeria in particular — as farmers, workers and entrepreneurs — than anywhere else in the world. Yet across Africa, women face an array of barriers to achieving their full potential, from restrictive cultural practices to discriminatory laws, lack of security, infrastructural deficiencies, lack of access to quality education and highly segmented labour markets.

Equality between men and women is one of the core of values of the EU as enshrined in its legal and political framework. The EU is committed to breaking the vicious cycle of gender discrimination through its external actions.

Nigeria ranks 118 out of 144 countries on the Global Gender Gap Index for 2016 compiled by the World Economic Forum, that measures several key variables including economic participation and opportunity, educational attainment, health and survival, and political empowerment (see ). Although Nigeria has a National Gender Policy that focus on women empowerment, significant gender gaps still exist in education and economic empowerment. Several women entrepreneurs are gradually becoming the rising stars of Nigeria’s economy, job creators, advocates of the well-being of the girl child and cultural promoters. Yet women entrepreneurs are more likely to be running microenterprises in the informal sector, engaging in low-value-added activities that reap marginal returns. If these businesses could be developed into more productive enterprises, they could be a driver of inclusive growth. At present, women’s prospects of generating larger earnings are limited by a range of factors — a lack of basic skills, a lack of access to financial services, lack of networks and the challenges of balancing business and domestic obligations

This panel will discuss what could be done to empower women entrepreneurs and how Nigerian economy would definitely benefit from a more active and engaged participation of women to formal trade.

Keynote Presentations:

  • Accelerating Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Africa, Economic Advisor, UNDP, Mr Ojijo ODHIAMBO
  • How to increase the success rate of female entrepreneurs in Nigeria, Executive Council Chairperson, WIMBIZ, Mrs. Aishah AHMAD

Moderated Panel Discussion

  • Flying Doctors Nigeria, Founder & Managing Director, Dr. Ola OREKUNRIN
  • Toki Mabogunje and Co. (TMC), Founder, Mrs Toki MABOGUNJE
  • AACE Food Processing & Distribution Ltd. (AACE Foods), Co-founder, Mrs Ndidi NWUNELI
  • WIMBIZ, Executive Council Chairperson, Mrs. Aishah AHMAD
  • UNDP, Economic Advisor, Mr Ojijo ODHIAMBO
  • Raising Voices for Women Cross Border Traders in West Africa Project, Team Leader, Mrs Eniola DADA
  • National President, National Association of Nigerian Traders (NANTS), Mr Ken UKAOHA

Chair: Executive Secretary/CEO, Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC), Ms Yewande SADIKU

12:00-13.30 Networking Lunch

14:00- 16:00- 4th Session – Investing in Youth.   The Africa-EU Summit will take place in Abidjan on 29th and 30th November 2017. Investing in Youth is foreseen to be the overarching theme of the Summit, which matches the African Union’s own theme for 2017. The theme of the Summit implies that the aspirations of young people, youth organisations and networks should be taken into account and feed into the conclusions of the Summit. This session will identify concerns, ambitions, aspirations and possible solutions to economically empower Youth, in order to allow them to better contribute to economic development and growth of Nigeria. An action plan will be identified for submission and discussion at the Africa-EU Summit.

Keynote Presentation:

  • Nigerian growing population: risks and opportunities, SA on Youth to the President, Mr. Nasir Saidu ADHAMA

– Moderated Panel Discussion

  • SA on Youth to the President, Mr. Nasir Saidu ADHAMA
  • ANDELA, Country Director, Mr Seni SULYMAN
  • International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Youth Agripreneur, Ms Oyindamola ASAAJU
  • ImpactHub Lagos, Co-founder, Mrs Solape HAMMOND
  • West Africa, Africa’s Young Entrepreneurs, Regional Manager, Ms Joy MICHAEL
  • SSA to the President, Jobs Creation program, Mr Afolabi IMOUKHEDE
  • Nigerian Young Professionals Forum (NYPF), Northern Regional Chairman, Mr Alkasim Muhammad ZANGINA

Chair:  CEO, Co-Creation Hub, Mr Bosun TIJANI

16:00 Closing Remarks – Head of EU Delegation, Ambassador Ketil Karlsen

16:15 Cocktail and networking reception