The Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) yesterday said it is set to host the 22nd World Conference of Banking Institutes (WCBI) scheduled for April 24th – 28th, 2017, in Lagos.
The theme of the conference is: “Re-Thinking the Future of Banking and Finance and Life Long Learning.”
Briefing journalists ahead of the conference yesterday, the President/Chairman of Council, CIBN, Prof. Segun Ajibola, said the institute won the rights to host the conference in April, 2015.
The biennial conference is a forum that brings together professionals from the financial services industry and other stakeholders engaged in banking, education and training.
The objectives of the conference among other things include: to review and keep abreast of changes in the domestic and global financial systems; to underscore the crucial role played by the banking & financial services sector in the global economy; and to explore management issues in the financial services sector and its impact on national and global economies.
“The 22nd edition to be hosted by the CIBN in Lagos promises to be intellectually enriching and impactful. To this end, a handful of senior industry leaders, innovators, distinguished thought leaders from the private and public sectors across the globe will be participating at the conference to discuss pressing issues facing the financial industry and to share ideas on how to move the banking and finance industry to greater heights.
“In addition, the platform of the conference will be used to launch the Global Banking Standards Board (GBEStB). It is instructive to mention that this is the very first time such a body would be launched in the world.
“This body would be responsible for developing and promoting global education standards for the banking industry.
“The prospectus of the body would be unveiled during the Lagos conference. Over 21 countries have signified their commitment to be “founding members” of the board and will all be present at the inauguration of the board in Lagos. This is a landmark event and it is a big honour that it is happening in Nigeria.
“The hosting of this conference in Nigeria at this very point in time is indeed very timely and auspicious considering the fact that our country Nigeria is in search of viable alternatives towards repositioning the Nigerian economy, we want to reflate our economy and attract investments into the country. This conference will provide a veritable platform for us as a nation to showcase to the entire world our rich cultural heritage and investment potentials.
We are expecting over 750 participants from all the continents of the world and we have started receiving confirmation of attendance in this regards’’, the CIBN boss stated.
He also revealed that Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode had adopted the conference as part of the state’s activities to celebrate the 50 years anniversary of the creation of Lagos.