Most of the key resource persons expected at this month’s three-day South East Economic Summit have signified their readiness to attend
| By Anayo Ezugwu | Oct. 21, 2013 @ 01:00 GMT
WITH confirmations of participation by most of the key resource persons, all is now set for the 2013 South East Economic Summit. The summit is scheduled to run from October 29 to 31 at the Nike Lake Resort, Enugu. Top on the list of confirmations is Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, secretary to the government of the federation.
He will feature as the chief guest of honour and will address the summit on ‘Enhancing Policy Synergy between States and the Federal Government.’ Also confirmed is Uche Orji, managing director, Sovereign Wealth Fund, who will deliver the keynote address on the theme of the Summit: Opening up the South East Nigeria for Increased Trade and Investment. Obiora Ike, Catholic Theologian and executive director, Catholic Institute for Development, Justice and Peace, Enugu, will chair the Grand Finale, to be hosted by the five governors of the South East States.
Providing details of the confirmations, Chris Obiefuna, chairman of the central planning committee of the summit, said the main attraction of this year’s summit would involve a team of technical experts from Canada which has also confirmed participation and will mount special demonstrations on how to translate theories and intellectual ideas into products and practical action.
“Eric Germain of Geo-Xergy Systems and Ibrahima Diallo of GPES Inc. will demonstrate how to convert solid wastes from landfills into viable sources of clean, sustainable energy for communities and institutions while Prof. Alphonsus Utioh and Dr. Paulyn Appah of Food Development Centre, will showcase food product development and processing techniques for local commercial production and consumption,” he said.
According to Obiefuna, many other resource persons have confirmed their participation in the summit including, Emeka Nwawka, chief executive officer, Orient Petroleum Resources; Johnson Chukwu, chief executive officer, Cowry Asset Management Limited, Lagos; Joy Ezeilo, founder WACOL, Enugu; Chinyere Okunna, chief of staff and commissioner for economic planning and budget, Anambra State, among others. Over 200 other eminent personalities from the South East have sent in their written confirmation of participation in the summit including Ada Okwuonu, former deputy governor of Imo State.
With the wave of confirmations of participation and the unique packaging, the 2013 South East Economic Summit is expected to draw over 1,500 participants for the three-day programme and produce practical results that will boost trade and investment in the zone as well as generate business and technical partnerships between Nigerian and Canadian businessmen.