Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will deliver a keynote address at the maiden Nigeria Diaspora Investment Summit (NDIS), which holds in Abuja on 27-29 November.
The three-day summit, themed “Activating Diaspora Investment for a Diversified Economy” and holding in the Banquet Hall of the State House, Aso Villa, is to provide a platform for Nigerians in the diaspora to invest in the economic development of their country.
The Director, Nigerian Diaspora Alumni Network (NiDAN), Dr. Badewa Adejugbe-Williams, disclosed this at a joint press briefing with other stakeholders in Abuja on Friday.
Adejugbe-Williams also revealed that over 200 Nigerians in the diaspora have registered to participate in the summit.
The NDIS, she said, would identify ready and prospective investment opportunities which diasporans can explore with the assistance of relevant government agencies.
A powerful delegation of the Nigerian diaspora in Europe is already in Abuja to attend the Summit. Led by Hon. Kenneth Gbandi, chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation Europe (NIDOE), the delegation includes Dr Rosalyn Dressmann, head of the body’s chapter in Germany and chairperson of the AfricanTide Union; Engr. Abiodun Ogunshakin, CEO of Nikentola Energy Ltd.; Anthony Laotan and Ms Tokie Laotan-Brown, CEO and CFO respectively of Syntec Group, a renewable energy company; and Godson Azu, a traffic safety expert and welfare officer of NIDOE.
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“The summit intends to establish a platform where diaspora investors can interact with potential sponsors, partners, collaborators and the government and have direct round table deals for mutual benefits,” Adejugbe-Williams said.
The target sectors of the summit include agribusiness, education, training and skills development, entertainment, hospitality and tourism, extractive industries, healthcare, infrastructure and real estate, manufacturing, telecommunication, technology and innovations, transportation, waste management and environmental remediation. // NAN