Nigerians in Diaspora Hold SME Forum in London

08 Jan 2013

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Nkiru Okoh

As part of the initiatives to revamp the Nigerian industrial sector, Nigerians in the Diaspora under the auspices of Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation in Europe (NIDOE) in collaboration with the secretariat of the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Nigeria will organise a forum to project Nigerian business opportunities in London.

In a statement issued by the Chairman of SME Secretariat, Dr. Abel Ubeku, Monday, the three-day event tagged Nigeria Trade Forum London (NITFOL) will take place between March 28 and 30.
According to the statement, the event will facilitate the diversification of the economy by fostering and bolstering SMEs via strategic capacity building initiatives.

Ubeku said the programme “which will encompass high level business and investment summit; project management training (a United Kingdom Certificate course), business councils and trade exhibition is expected to bring economic opportunities to SMEs in different sectors of the economy based on institutionalisation and corporate governance strategies of the current operating partners which include: SME Secretariat, NIDOE, and the Nigerian Stock Exchange.

“This project shall lead to an increased enlistment of SMEs on the Nigerian Stock Exchange Market and grow the economy.”

He described NIDOE as an institution of Nigerian entrepreneurs and experts seeking to contribute their resources to the development of the country.

The Chairman noted that the Board of Trustee (BoT) “is the current custodian of the Diaspora Investment Fund – (DIF) in excess of $10billion which is being handled by SME Secretariat.” Ubeku added that: “NIDOE has appointed SME secretariat as its trade and investment mission partner in Nigeria, Africa and globally.”

The statement also stated that President Goodluck Jonathan, Dr. Olusegun Aganga, Hon. Abike Dabiri, Prof. Pat Utomi, Hon. Collins Nweke, and other stakeholders in the sectors are expected to grace the occasion.

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