Zenith Bank’s 7th Annual International Trade Seminar on Non-oil Export

The latest news says, the 7th annual edition of the Zenith Bank International Trade Seminar is likely to be held on Wednesday, July 20, 2022, at the Civic Center, Victoria Island, Lagos, and virtually by 9.00 am.

The seminar, themed “Unlocking Opportunities in Nigeria’s Non-Oil Export Business”, was part of Zenith Bank’s endeavors to show encouragement towards the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) initiatives, which focused on strengthening the nation’s non-oil export sector.

A statement made by the bank yesterday explained that the seminar would be entertained by trade practitioners, regional & foreign suppliers, manufacturers, financial institutions, and legal government agencies. 

As per the statement, the forum will enable all the participants, including suitable government agencies to figure out ways to unlock the greater opportunities in Nigeria’s non-oil export sector.

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The export seminar would include a welcome speech by the Group Managing Director of Zenith Bank Plc, Ebenezer Onyeagwu, while the keynote speaker’s tasks would be handled by the President/Chief Executive of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote.

Goodwill messages will be conveyed by extremely renowned 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), His Excellency, Wamkele Mene; and President/Chairman, African Export-Import Bank, Prof. Benedict Okey Oramah.

Additionally, a three-panel for discussions will be there during the seminar. The first panel named, “Unlocking Opportunities in Nigeria’s Non-Oil Export Business: Operators/Practitioners’ Perspectives,” would concentrate on the value chain and scope of the non-oil export sector along with 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 named “Funding/Logistics/Government Support for the Non-Oil Export Sector”, would investigate the availability of long-term funds, insurance & reinsurance, as well as risk-sharing mechanisms for the non-oil export sector.

This panel has five discussants which are: the Managing Director/CEO, Bank of Industry, Mr. Olukayode Pitan; Director, Development Finance of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Yusuf Philip Yila; Managing Director, West Africa Container Terminal, Naved Zafar; Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority, Mr. Mohammed Bello-Koko; and the Comptroller-General, Nigeria Customs Service, Col. Ibrahim Hameed Ali (Rtd).

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The third-panel discussion is named, “The ABC of Non-Oil Export,” which would discuss the complexities in the non-oil export business, standardization and reviewing of vital export products, as well as the export of services, particularly the burgeoning Nigerian creative industry.

This panel also has five discussants including a renowned trade expert, Mr. Olusegun Awolowo; Founder/CEO, Flutterwave, Agboola Olugbenga; Chairman/CEO, Colossus Investment, Mr. Babatola Faseru; President, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, Segun Ajayi; and Senior Consultant, 3T Impex Trade Center, Mr. Bamidele Ayemibo.

The seminar can be watched live on zoom and YouTube. Visit www.zenithbank/exportsem to connect & register on Zoom. After registering, you will receive a confirmation mail. To watch live on YouTube, click on https://bit.ly/ZBTradeSeminarLive.

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