National Development and Digital Economy in the New Normal: The Challenges and Prospects of MSMEs

IBD Annual Conference 2021
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About our 2021 Conference

This conference is of high strategic importance as it comes at a time when African development 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 national development and regional integration with a view of improving digital economy, micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), and businesses in the new normal after covid-19 pandemic.

  • 2

    Discuss policy framework

    To discuss and agree on the needed policy frameworks, legal regimes, developmental models, the role and engagement of relevant stakeholders in national development.

  • 3

    Discuss challenges & opportunities

    To provide a platform for discussion on the current position of, national development, digital economy and how MSMEs, businesses will thrive in the new normal.

Conference structure

The conference will focus on the following:
I. National development.

II. Digital economy.

III. Micro and Small Medium Entrepreneurs.

IV. Businesses in the new normal after covid-19 pandemic.

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 MSMEs and businesses in the new normal.

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
Philips Emeto, FBDI - President, Chairman of Council of IBD

Goodwill Messages
ECOWAS, DFID, UNCTAD, AFDB, NASME, Chamber of Commerce, National Assembly

Opening Address
Minister of Trade and Investment - Otunba Niyi Adebayo
Presentation of an overview on the business environment in Nigeria, national development and businesses in the new normal.

Overview of the Institute
Dr Paul Ikele, FBDI – Registrar/ CEO IBD

Presentation of conference objectives, expected outcome and agenda

Selection and presentation of rapporteurs and establishment of the Communique drafting Group
Dr. Charles Enweugwu, FBDI

Dr. Stephen Odo
Commissioner of Business Development, Ebonyi State
11:00 – 11:30 am

11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Financial Resiliency: The Steps to Financial Recovery

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

2:00 – 3:00 pm

3:00 – 3:30 pm

9:15 – 9:30 am

9:30 – 10:00 am

10:00 – 10:30 am

10:30 – 11:30 am

Special Guests

Special guests of honour that will be attenting the conference.

His Excellency Mohammadu Buhari, President and Commander In Chief of the Armed Forces Federal Republic of Nigeria

His Excellency Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, Executive Governor of Lagos State

Otunba Niyi Adebayo, Honourable Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment Federal Republic of Nigeria

His Excellency Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, Honourable Minister of Science and Technology

Conference Speakers

Highly qualified & competent personalities will be speaking at the conference.
Director, Partnership and Coordination SMEDAN

Dr Friday Okpara, FBDI


Hon. Commissioner of Business Development, Ebonyi State

Dr. Stephen Odo FBDI


Abia State University

Dr. Virginia Benson-Eluwa, FBDI


Director General Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA)

Dr. Jamoh Bashir, FBDI


MD/CEO of FEDEX Nigeria

Dr Olusola Obabori, FBDI


Director-General, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN)

Dikko Umaru Radda, PhD


Conference Sponsors

The following organizations are sponsors of the 2021 Annual IBD Conference.


Radisson Avalon

Address: 42-43 Isaac John St, Ikeja GRA 100271, Lagos
RSVP: +2348080795347, +2348134842467
For any enquiries contact the numbers above.

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