President Goodluck Jonathan
The Economist has announced the confirmation President Goodluck Jonathan, the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, and others for its Nigerian summit to hold in Lagos between March 19th and 20th.
A statement on Tuesday also disclosed that former president of Brazil, Luiz Inacia Lula da Silva, China’s Special Representative for Africa Affairs, Ambassador Zhong Jianhua are among the dignitaries expected at the event.
According to the statement, Lula da Silva would join president Goodluck in delivering a keynote presentation on the transformation agenda for Nigeria looking at the security challenges facing the country as well as some of the long-term strategies outlined by the federal government.
The Conference Director of the Economist Events, Marianne Mazou, said that the organizers of the summit are excited over the coterie of quality speakers that had confirmed participation.
“This is a reflection of the clout that the Nigeria summit has participants, but also to the Nigerian economy and beyond,” she added.
According to her, the summit intends to provide an overview of the global macro-economic picture, considering the growth prospects for Nigeria, Africa and its major trading partners by identifying scenarios and risks investors should prepare for.
The summit, tagged: “Enabling and Implementing Change,” would also discuss issues that border on building the knowledge economy, amongst others.