Africa’s premier development and finance journal, Financial Nigeria magazine, has announced plan to host a colloquium on the theme “Nigeria’s Sustainable Development Agenda.”
The public lecture, which is being organised to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the monthly magazine, is expected to have as panellists United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington; Group Managing Director, Access Bank Plc, Herbert Wigwe, Executive Chairman, Fiscal Responsibility Commission, Victor Muruako, Director for Africa Office, MacArthur Foundation, Kole Shettima, and international relations scholar, Femi Aribisala.
The high-level panel will discuss the strategies for trade, fiscal sustainability, human development, external relations and financing in setting appropriate development goals for the country as a follow up to the keynote address at the event coming up on Tuesday, September 11 in Abuja.
According to a statement made available to New Telegraph, two keynote addresses on the theme of the colloquium will be delivered by Dr. Muhammad Ali Pate, a global health expert and former Nigerian Minister of State for Health; and Mr. Arshad Rab, a renowned development thinker and CEO of the European Organisation for Sustainable Development.
Since its debut in August 2008, Financial Nigeria has been published every month.
“At the 10th anniversary of our publication, we want to advance the debate of the priority policy goals for achieving sustainable economic development in Nigeria. When the U.S. innovator-turn-philanthropic Bill Gates sparked this debate months ago, the discussion was stifled amid growing evidence that the country’s development priority may be sub-optimal. We now want to re-ignite the debate in a way that is positive for development in Nigeria,”
“This colloquium is an opportunity to serve the wider Nigerian public with the quality debates and cutting-edge ideas that Financial Nigeria provides its readers on a monthly basis,” said Martins Hile, Executive Editor of Financial Nigeria magazine. “Therefore, the anniversary lecture will offer admission for free, upon prior registration, and will be broadcast on television and streamed live on social media,” said Jide Akintunde, Founder and Managing Editor of the magazine.
“We expect cogent policy prescriptions to come out of the dialogue,” said Akachi Ngwu, Chairman of the organising committee for the colloquium.
Ngwu, a media consultant and member of the Editorial Board of Financial Nigeria, added that “individual and corporate Nigeria need to join the government in proffering solutions to the development challenges of the country. These challenges include rising poverty, unemployment, infrastructural deficit and inadequate manpower development.”
Registration is currently ongoing at www.financialnigeria.com for reservation of the limited number of seats available.
The colloquium is being organised by Nigeria Development and Finance Forum (NDFF), which is the conference arm of Financial Nigeria International Limited, publisher of the magazine.