Jonathan, Ouattara, Obasanjo, others for ECOWAS Investment Forum

Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria, his Ivorian counterpart, Alassane Ouattara, and former Nigerian leader, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, are expected at the opening ceremony of the third ECOWAS Investment Forum, starting Thursday in the economic capital city of Lagos, Ms. Enitan Obasanjo-Adeleye, spokesperson for the organisers, told PANA Wednesday.

The theme for the three day event, which holds from  5-7 June, is: "The African Opportunity: Spotlight on West Africa."

“Everything is set for the formal opening ceremony  tomorrow (Thursday). Delegates from all the ECOWAS countries and beyond, including Egypt, United Kingdom, United States and the United Nations, have arrived," said Ms. Obasanjo-Adeleye, who is also chief executive officer of Legacy Investment and Management Company, one of the organisers of the forum.

"We are expecting President Jonathan of Nigeria, President Ouattara of Cote’D Ivoire and other dignitaries at the event as everything is set for a successful outing," she said.

The company is collaborating with the Association of Investment Promotion Agencies of West Africa (IPAWAS), the Infrastructure Bank Plc and the ECOWAS Commission to organise the forum.

Organizers said this will be the first private sector-driven investment forum since the event started in 2009 in Brussels, Belgium, in collaboration with the European Union.

The forum will focus on the power, transport, infrastructure, oil and gas, agribusiness, manufacturing sectors as well as Small and Medium Enterprises, they said.

"There will also be various presentations on: Understanding the ECOWAS Regional Investment Framework-Incentives and Opportunities, Agricbusiness Opportunities and Challenges Regional Agricultural Development Policy, Financing Development in the ECOWAS region, Regional best Practices: case studies and the Role of EBID in Financing Development in West Africa among others," they said.

They indicated that leading speakers included President of ECOWAS Commission, Kadre Desire Ouedraogo, the Chairman of the African Export-Import Bank, and Mr. Jean-Louis Ekra, Director of Integration at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).

The various member states will, during the event, have the opportunity to showcase their profiles, present case studies, highlight key areas and various incentives for would-be investors, PANA reported.
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