The Nigerian-British Chambers of Commerce (NBCC) has emphasized the importance of SMEs operators and other management leveraging technology solutions to digitalize business structures.
The vice president of the NBCC and chairman of the Trade and Investment Committee, Akin Osuntoki, said the chamber was inspired to host the conference following significant changes in the business environment and economy as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, especially with the use of technology, as well as the need to attract investors for the NBCC’s upcoming conferences and exhibitions slated for March 22 and 23, 2022 in Lagos.
The conference and expo, titled ‘Fast-tracking Productivity; Leveraging Technology,’ will serve as a networking platform for business executives, investors, policymakers, and other key stakeholders in the trade and investment ecosystem, according to Osuntoki.
“Coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic, most businesses have been affected, and quite a number of those who stayed ahead were able to do that using technology,” he said, adding that the program would provide businesses with the support they need to network, make connections, seal deals, and realize their potential.
“The benefits of participating in this event are enormous and the NBCC is poised to ensure it serves as an efficient platform that allows member businesses to exhibit their brands and provide services to potential investors”.
“The event would facilitate new partnerships, foster foreign market opportunities, and encourage public-private partnership between NBCC members, external participants, and the government,” he pointed out.
Professor Akin Abayomi, the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, will speak on the topic of ‘Healthcare in Nigeria: Beyond the Crises,’ while other specialists will examine how the country can deal with the COVID-19 epidemic.
According to the chairman, over 20 exhibitors from various sectors, including micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs), have registered, with many more planning to attend.
“We expect that participants will exhibit what they learn and that will help to improve what they do, also the chamber since its existence has toed the path of advocacy, trade facilitation, networking and training especially as it concerns promoting trade and investment between Nigeria and Britain,” he said.
NBCC member Leye Makanjuola added that the chamber is hosting Godwin Obaseki, Edo State governor, in a forum titled “meet the governor of Edo state; investment opportunities and business opportunities” to provide more information on investment options beyond the country’s commercial centres like Lagos and Abuja.
Olukayode Pitan, CEO of Bank of Industry (BOI); Lamin Manjang, managing director of Standard Chartered Bank; Leonard Ekeh, chairman of Zinox Group; and Adesola Adeduntan, managing director of First Bank of Nigeria, among others, are expected to speak at the event.