About our 2019 Conference
This conference was of high strategic importance as it came at a time when African trade agreement and sub-regional economic integration were being discussed at the National level. This conference had the following objectives:
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)
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.
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.
Introduction of Participants
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
TOPIC: Linking Regional Trade Integration with the development of SMEs
Topic: Financial Resiliency: The Steps to Financial Recovery
TOPIC: Understanding the dynamics, politics and demands of globalization and its effects on the African Continental Free Trade Area agreement.
Topic: Developing appropriate trade and investment policies for SMEs in a regional market.
Topic: Barriers for developing SME synergies in the regional market
Topic: A Guide to Take the Weirdness Out of Retirement
Dr. Emeka Okengwu
Dr. Yima Sen
Prof Ken Ife