by Mitchelle Uzorka
The Nigerian government, in collaboration with the Africa Business Roundtable, has organised the second edition of the Nigeria International Economic Partnership Forum (NIEPF), a global economic investment platform, this time in New York, United States.
In its continued bid to further open up the country’s economy to international capital and attract foreign investment, the NIEPF drew the presence of world leaders in politics, economy, media as well as Civil Society Oganisations and international media to focus on the vast economic potentials of Nigeria and Africa’s leading economy.
A Key Note address was delivered by the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari where he said ” Nigeria’s capability is not just limited to the oil and gas industry, but variety of other sectors that hold notable potentials “.
The president added that ”We are the largest economy in Africa and have over 200 million-strong consumer market that is home to a range of attractive opportunities in sectors such as agriculture, healthcare, light manufacturing, infrastructure development and technology”.
The President further said that Nigeria is open to deepening collaboration with BCIU, pledging the Federal Government continued commitment to maintain an enabling business environment that is friendly to foreign investors.
Speakers and panelists at the event include Aliko Dangote, President of Dangote Group; Bill Gates, Co-Founder of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Satya Nadella, Chairman Business Council of the United States and Chief Executive Officer Microsoft Corp, Antony Blinken, Secretary of State of the United States, Florie Liser, President of the Corporate Council on Africa, and Members of the Business Council of International Understanding, Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed, Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, John Kerry, US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate; and Abdul Samad Rabiu, Executive Chairman of BUA Group, who is also the President of the France-Nigeria Business Council.