Jaiyeola Andrews in Abuja
Eminent British economist and politician, Sir Vince Cable who was United Kingdom’s Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills from 2010 to 2015, will be arriving in Nigeria today (Sunday) for the 2016 Africa Today Summit.
The summit, is organised by Africa Today magazine in partnership with the Bank of Industry (BoI), will take place at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel Abuja from Tuesday to Wednesday.
Two other distinguished international figures and experts who will join Sir Cable at the Abuja summit are Prof. Howard W. French, from Columbia University in New York, who is the author of the new world-acclaimed book, China’s Second Continent: How a Million Migrants are Building a New Empire in Africa, and Yun Sun, also a world-renowned expert on China’s relations with Africa, who is a senior researcher with the prestigious Washington DC-based Think-tank, The Brookings Institution.
They will be joined by senior Nigerian government officials and leading business people who have been invited to speak at the summit, including Minister for Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola; Minister for Industry, Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelama, and Minister for Budget and National Planning, Udoma Udo Udoma.
Others are President of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Frank Jacobs; President of the Nigerian Association of Chambers and Commerce, Industry, Mines & Agriculture (NACCIMA), Bassey E. O. Edem; President of the National Association of Nigerian Traders (NANTS), Ken Ukaoha, and Prof. Bola Akinterinwa, immediate past Director-General of the Nigeria Institute of International Affairs (NIIA) and others.
The summit’s chief host and publisher of Africa Today titles, Mr. Kayode Soyinka, who made the announcement in Abuja, said he was delighted that the pan-African news magazine could attract such distinguished international figures like Sir Cable, Prof. French and Yun Sun to the Abuja summit.