Anambra business, investment roundtable opens today in Awka


The second edition of Anambra business and investment roundtable holds today at the Governor’s Lodge in Amawbia, Anambra State. The event which has drawn an impressive cast of Nigeria’s finest technocrats shall hold under the theme, “Beyond Infrastructure: Rethinking the Future.”

The roundtable comes on the heels of the first edition which took place on the eve of Governor Obiano’s second term inauguration in March 2018 under the theme, “Consolidating on the Vision.”

The Chairman of ZINOX Group and CEO of, Mr. Leo Stan Ekeh shall be delivering the keynote address at the roundtable with a view to providing deep insights into the exploding new world of artificial intelligence, e-commerce and the global market place and how Anambra State can ease into these growing possibilities.

Ekeh, himself a serial digital entrepreneur who sits atop Sub-Saharan Africa’s biggest integrated technology group is also expected to share his success story and offer useful tips on how Anambra’s large tribe of entrepreneurs can migrate their businesses to the expanding frontiers of global e-commerce.

Speaking on the event, the Chairman of Anambra Investment Promotion and Protection Agency (ANSIPPA), Mr. Ike Chioke said that the time had come for governments to look beyond the construction of physical infrastructures like roads, bridges and capital projects and begin to prioritize efforts in developing and harnessing human capital for the greater good of the society.

Said he, “the roundtable offers stakeholders – including local and international business leaders and investors, bankers, financiers and development agencies – valuable insight into Anambra’s investment landscape and untapped potential across a variety of industries; and explore veritable opportunities for public-private-partnership.’

Recalling the exploits of the five girls from Regina Pacis Secondary School, Onitsha that won the Gold Medal at the World Technovation Contest in the Silicon Valley, San Francisco USA, Chioke who is also the Group Managing Director of Afrinvest West Africa Limited opined that Anambra was a land brimming with untapped human resources and needed the visionary guidance of a forward-looking leader to harness them for the benefit of the larger populace.

The business and investment roundtable is broken into four panel sessions with each session led by a lead discussant. Discussions on the first session which centers on Education and Health will be led by Mrs. Adesuwa Ifedi who is the Vice President in Policy and Partnerships at the Bridge Academies and Dr. Sade Adebanjo who is the Founder/CEO of Healthcare Fusion Limited.

Discussions on the second Panel Session on ICT & the Creative Industry shall be led by Emeka Mba of Questech Media Consulting while discussions on the third panel session on Hospitality and Tourism shall be led by Ikechi Uko, CEO of Jedidah Promotions. The fourth and final panel session on Infrastructure and Housing will be led by Dr. Innocent Okpanum, Founder/CEO of Ngonyama Okpanum and Associates.

Since he took the oath for his second term in office, Governor Obiano has made bold efforts to lay a solid foundation for a better Anambra State, holding high-grade discussions with experts and mapping out a long term development plan for the state.

Just last week, Obiano had inaugurated a Committee that will draft a 50-year Development Plan for the state with a clear mandate to submit its recommendations in nine months. The Committee is headed by world renowned economist and former Central Bank Governor, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo.

Credit: James Eze

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