Financial Times, world’s leading international business newspaper, has signed a media partnership agreement with TheCable, Nigeria’s top-notch online newspaper, for the FT Nigeria Summit scheduled for May 31 in Lagos.
Under the partnership, those who register for the summit will get a 20% discount using the code “Cable20”.
The theme of this year’s summit is “Dispelling uncertainty and building resilience”.
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo is expected to deliver the keynote address.
Speakers are Oscar Onyeama, chief executive officer of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE); Abebe Selassie, director, IMF African department; and Uche Orji, managing director, Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA).
The summit will be chaired by David Pilling, FT’s Africa editor.
Osinbajo is expected to speak on “Nigeria Beyond Oil: The pathway to transformation”.
“The FT Nigeria summit will shine a light on the country’s complex economic and investment climate – bringing together senior policymakers, major international investors and corporations, and multilateral organisations to put forward concrete recommendations and realistic solutions aimed at facilitating investment and overcoming the challenges the country faces,” the organisers said.
This, according to the organisers, is necessary because of the need to overcome the barriers of increasing domestic production and diversifying the economy.
“Nigeria is now, more than ever, a country of huge potential and tough challenges. The reduction in oil export earnings is at the heart of many of the country’s woes but it has also given renewed impetus for the government to implement reforms, strengthen economic resilience and diversify sources of revenue,” the organisers further said.
“The need to boost non-oil exports is high on the agenda. Efforts are focused on overcoming the barriers to increasing domestic production such as infrastructure deficit, lack of skills and shortage of foreign exchange.
“A large dynamic workforce, strong culture of entrepreneurship and aspirational consumer market are all working in Nigeria’s favour to bring about change and give the country a competitive advantage.”
Simon Kolawole, founder and CEO of Cable Newspaper Ltd, said the partnership aligns with TheCable’s vision of delivering “knowledge-driven journalism in the pursuit of Nigeria’s progress”.