Linking regional trade and the development of SME's

IBD Annual Conference 2019
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About our 2019 Conference

This conference is of high strategic importance as it comes at a time when African trade agreement and sub-regional economic integration are being discussed at the National level. This conference has the following objectives:
  • 1

    Identify and resolve inhibitors

    To identify and resolve the inhibitors to sustainable SME development and regional trading with the view of linking regional trade integration and development of small and medium-sized enterprises (SME’s)

  • 2

    Discuss policy framework

    To discuss and agree on the needed policy frameworks, legal regimes, trade agreements, the role and engagement of relevant stakeholders in building a common market in the West African region.

  • 3

    Discuss challenges & opportunities

    To provide a platform for discussion on the current position of SMEs, their activities, mode of operation, key challenges encountered, opportunities identified and the way forward.

Conference structure

The conference will have two main components:
I. Identifying and understanding of the role of stakeholders in creating an enabling environment for SMEs.

II. Practical positioning and action plan towards the development of SMEs for regional trade integration.

Conference set-up

The two-day IBD annual conference will consist of an opening session, plenary sessions and discussion group sessions.

Furthermore, there will be a session for all the participants to share their experiences, challenges and achievements towards regional trade integration and development of SMEs.

Conference schedule

This schedule is subject to change; however any changes will be communicated to all attendees via mail.
8:00 - 9:30 am

9:00 – 10:00 am

The Institute

Introduction of Participants

National Anthem

Welcome Address

Goodwill Messages

Opening Address

Presentation of an overview on the business environment in Nigeria, regional trade and economic integration.

Overview of The IBD

Presentation of conference objectives, expected outcome and agenda

Selection and presentation of rapporteurs and establishment of the Communique drafting Group

10:00 – 10:30 am

TOPIC: Linking Regional Trade Integration with the development of SMEs

10:30 – 11:00 am

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Topic: Financial Resiliency: The Steps to Financial Recovery

11:00 – 11:30 am

TOPIC: Understanding the dynamics, politics and demands of globalization and its effects on the African Continental Free Trade Area agreement.

12:00 – 1:00 pm

1:00 – 1:30 pm

9:15 – 9:30 am

Topic: Developing appropriate trade and investment policies for SMEs in a regional market.

9:30 – 10:00 am

10:00 – 10:30 am

Topic: Barriers for developing SME synergies in the regional market

10:30 – 11:30 am

Topic: A Guide to Take the Weirdness Out of Retirement

12:30 – 1:30 pm

Conference Speakers

Highly qualified & competent personalities will be speaking at the conference.
International Business & Project Development Consultant at Ant Hill Concepts Limited.

Dr. Emeka Okengwu


Yima Sen, Visiting Professor, Ecole Superieure Universitaire, Cotonou, Benin Republic, also teaches at Baze University, Abuja Nigeria.

Dr. Yima Sen


Prof Ken Ife, London Enterprise Ambassador & Chief Economic Strategist in ECOWAS Commission.

Prof Ken Ife


Conference Sponsors

The following organizations are sponsors of the 2019 Annual IBD Conference.

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