HERITAGE Bank Limited has partnered with West Africa Trade and Investment Forum, WATIF to stage the conference and exhibition on sub-regional integration of economies of West African countries in the areas of agriculture, education and skills, manufacturing and information communication technology, ICT.
Olugbenga Awe, group head, agric and exports, Heritage Bank, said the bank is involved in the project because it speaks to the bank’s commitment to the Small and Medium Scale Enterprises, SMEs, and agriculture.
He said the bank’s partnership with the organisers of WATIF “is just a continuation of a process it started as part of its commitment to SMEs which are the bedrock of the economy because they (SMEs) employ labour and contributes to the Gross Domestic Product, GDP, and growth of the economy.
In her address, Michele Branco-Aiyegbusi, director of WATIF, noted that WATIF 2018, themed: “Enhancing Collaboration for Regional and Economic Impact” came at a more auspicious time right on the heels of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement signed a few days by 44 African countries in Kigali, Rwanda.
She expressed the hope that genuine efforts towards integration and economic collaboration would not only bring about a boost in the economic standing of Africa globally, but indeed opportunities for growth and development of the sub-region.
– Apr. 6, 2018 @ 15:59 GMT