World Mayors, investors, delegates and participants and exhibitors from North and South America, Europe, Asia, Caribbean and African countries, including the 774 Chairmen of Nigeria’s Local Governments and the six Area Councils of the FCT Abuja, are meeting in an international conference from September 5 to 9 in Calabar, Cross River State.
The conference and exhibition, which is taking place at the ultra-modern Calabar International Convention Centre (CICC), Summit Hills, has the theme ‘Global Partnership for Economic Growth and Development in Africa: Exploring Options for Diversification in African Economies’.
According to the Local Organising Committee Chairman, Ambassador Eyo Asuquo and Vice-Chairman, Ambassador Aisha Audu-Emeje, this global discourse on charting a new economic roadmap for the rural economies of Africa is being hosted by the Cross River State Government of Governor Ben Ayade, who has also secured the endorsement and full participation of President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR.
The conference is focusing on three days on the diversification of the economy, a subject that President Buhari has been harping upon since the inception of his administration.
Expected to attend the conference are foreign, Nigerian and local businesses across the world who will have opportunities for strategic partnerships, exploratory business discussions and investment collaborations with the rural and municipal authorities, investment companies and the international business community.
Trade and professional organisations, diplomats, as well as universities, high schools and colleges, dedicated to economic development, trade, investment and good governance amongst the cities and rural communities of the world are also expected at the conference and exhibition in Calabar in September.
The World Mayors African Region Investment Conference and Exhibition Calabar 2016 is expected to inspire Local and Municipal Government leadership to propel the growth and development of the rural economy with increased economic activity for improved IGR dividends and the investment drive of the federal government, especially with the capacity of this initiative to create many more jobs in our local economies for our teeming population of unemployed youths.