FirstBank partners NESG to chart discourse on sustainability at 21st summit

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Consistent with its thought leadership stance and commitment to drive financial inclusion and sustainable national economic development, First Bank of Nigeria Limited has partnered The Nigerian Economic Summit Group to host the 21st Nigerian Economic Summit with the theme: ‘Tough Choices: Achieving competitiveness, inclusive growth and sustainability.’

This summit which is scheduled to hold at the Transcorp Hilton, Abuja from October 13 – 15, 2015, will highlight the significant role of public-private sector dialogue in national transformation.

The Summit is organised to drive “consciousness and build national consensus on what is urgently required to rebuild, revamp and reinforce public-private collaboration for an all-inclusive economic growth”.

It would be a platform to drive stakeholders’ deliberation on tough choices required to achieve sustainable competitive and inclusive growth for national economic development in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which take effect from January 2016.

Key issues to be discussed include: how to create jobs, approaches to achieving peace and security, dismantling the pillars of corruption, strengthening institutions and the attainment of sustainable macro-economic stability and inclusive growth amongst other reforms.

In a statement by the GMD/CEO of FirstBank, Bisi Onasanya, the Bank supports initiatives that create opportunities for the advancement of inclusive and sustainable growth.

He further stated that the Bank will continue to drive the discourse on how best to achieve competitiveness and inclusive growth in a sustainable way, through measurable outcomes which are crucial in defining the agenda that will help in making Nigeria’s socio-economic environment globally competitive.

President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to lead a Presidential Policy dialogue which will focus on key strategic elements required to make Nigeria globally competitive.

Other sessions during the 21st NES include: Leveraging Nigeria’s Competitive Advantage; Business and Sustainability in the Age of SDGs; Roundtable with the Vice President on Reforming Public Institutions; Roundtable with the National Assembly on Setting a Legislative Framework for High-Performance Governance; Conversation with State Governors on Sub-National Competiveness; Policy Commission breakout sessions as well as Design Workshops.

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