As Economic Summit Begins
AFTER months of careful, strategic planning, the Second South South Economic Summit opens today in Asaba, the capital city of Delta State with high hopes that the ideas, issues and policies canvassed at the gathering will form a veritable platform for socio-economic growth and development in the region and across the nation
Atop the list of eminent personalities billed to grace the occasion are President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria and his Rwandan counterpart, President Paul Kegame, the Senate President, Senator David Mark and other celebrated political, economic and social icons from within and outside Africa.
Noble Laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka and Nigeria’s Finance and Coordinating Minister, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala top the list of heavyweights from Nigeria expected to play very prominent roles at the occasion.
Global financial and security experts from the United States, include former award-winning Mayor of New York during the September 11, Al-Qaeda attack, Rudy Guiliani, former US Chief of Naval Operations in the Gulf of Guinea, Michael Mullen and first Deputy Manager of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Professor John Lipsky.
Nigeria’s banking gurus, Mr. Tony Elumelu, former Managing Director, United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, and Mr. Jim Ovia, former Managing Director, Zenith Bank International Plc. including other eminent figures are to share their experiences with participants.
The Chief host and Governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan while briefing the press on Tuesday said the theme of the summit is “Development, Infrastructure and Security” which he described as the critical challenges to growth in the region.
The four-day event billed to run from Wednesday April 25 to Saturday April 28, will hold at the expansive Event Centre, Asaba on Okpanam Road.
The long list of guests invited to the Summit also include members of the National and state Assemblies, all State Governors, Honorable Ministers, especially those from the South-South, members of the Diplomatic Corps, Heads of International agencies and traditional rulers.
President Jonathan is expected to formally declare the occasion open while president Kegame will deliver the key note address.