2017 ANNUAL
ECONOMIC SUMMIT

Oriental Hotel, Lagos, Nigeria • November 1-2, 2017

ICT, Intra-African Trade and Sustainable Development

In Partnership with:

Overview

The Trade, FDI and Innovation for Sustainable Development (TFi4SD) Summit is the annual flagship event of EIIA. The TFi4SD Summit brings together stakeholders from government, industry, academia and the civic sector to debate public policy issues and foster solutions in a collaborative environment.

Speakers

His Excellency Christopher Thornley

Canada’s High Commissioner in Nigeria

Dr. Isaias Barreto da Rosa

ECOWAS Commissioner for Telecoms and IT, Cape Verde

Dr. Alison Gillwald

Executive Director, Research ICT Africa, South Africa

Dr. Fred Olayele

President, Economic Innovation Institute for Africa

Dorothy Gordon

Former DG, Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT, Ghana

Dr. Andrew S. Nevin

Advisory Partner and Chief Economist, PwC Nigeria

Aarti Shah

Director, The Cobalt Partners, Kenya

John G. Jung

Chairman, Intelligent Community Forum, New York

Dr. Chidi Oguamanam

Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa, Canada

Udo Okonjo

Chief Executive Officer, Fine and Country West Africa, Nigeria

Ryley Iverson

Chief Executive Officer, Townfolio, Canada

Dr. Ayo Teriba

Chief Executive Officer, Economic Associates, Nigeria

Dr. Tayo Aduloju

Senior Policy Fellow, Nigerian Economic Summit Group

Prof. Pat Utomi

Founder, Centre for Values in Leadership, Nigeria

Dr. Segun Aina

President, Fintech Association of Nigeria

Jamie Christoff

Canadian Deputy High Commissioner in Nigeria

Agenda

DAY 1: Wednesday, November 1, 2017

6:00 – 8:00 pm

Networking Cocktail Reception

DAY 2: Thursday, November 2, 2017

8:30 – 9:30 am

Registration, Coffee & Networking

9:30 – 9:40 am

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Dr. Fred Olayele

President, Economic Innovation Institute for Africa

9:40 – 9:50 am

Opening Address

Dr. Isaias Barreto da Rosa

Commissioner for Telecoms and IT, ECOWAS

9:50 -11:20 am

Plenary Session I: ICT, FinTech and Africa’s Economic Future

Summary
African countries have strong unmet ICT needs for education, energy, finance, health, industry, transportation and other domains. Some of these sectors serve domestic needs; others serve exports. Countries on the continent have an extraordinary opportunity to evolve/build and implement an ICT strategy to serve these needs. For instance, financial innovation continues to reshape and improve finance by cutting costs and expanding access to financial services. The traditional digital path for many developed economies and regions has been to use legacy software platforms and engage large programming teams for software development. In addition to affordability limitations, this approach creates an unhealthy and unsustainable long-term dependency on the software platforms and the global commercial-corporate interests that promote them. Technology remains key in boosting Africa’s intra-regional trade and fostering regional integration.

Chair

Dr. Isaias Barreto da Rosa

Commissioner for Telecoms and IT, ECOWAS

Speakers

Dr. Alison Gillwald

Executive Director, Research ICT Africa, South Africa

Dorothy Gordon

Former Director General, Advanced Information Technology Institute, Ghana

Aarti Shah

Director, Africa, The Cobalt Partners, Nairobi Kenya

Dr. Segun Aina

President, Fintech Association of Nigeria

11:20 -11:30 am

Coffee Break

11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Plenary Session II: Intra-African Trade, FDI and Regional Integration

Summary
Compared to regions like Europe and North America, Africa’s performance on the intra-regional trade metric is poor. This poses a substantial challenge for development. The case for economic integration and increased intra-African trade has never been stronger. Extensive literature abounds on the impact of trade facilitation on trade flows. Inefficient or completely absent regional payment systems impede cross-border trade; economists generally model frictions that impede trade flows as trade costs. In addition to discussing the potential impacts of technological innovation on intra-African trade, this plenary session examines the following issues: trade information networks, trade facilitation (including trade finance and payment systems), technology infrastructure, rural communities, access to new technologies, and trade policies (including non-tariff and regulatory barriers).

Chair

Dr. Fred Olayele

President, Economic Innovation Institute for Africa

Speakers

Prof. Pat Utomi

Founder, Centre for Values in Leadership

Dr. Andrew S. Nevin

Partner/Chief Economist, PwC Nigeria

Dr. Ayo Teriba

CEO, Economic Associates, Lagos

Jamie Christoff

Canadian Deputy High Commissioner in Nigeria

1:00 – 2:00 pm

Lunch/Keynote Speech

Ambassador Christopher Thornley

Canadian High Commissioner: Keynote

2:00 – 3:30 pm

Plenary Session III: Data, Investment Promotion & Economic Development

Summary
Concerns abound about Africa’s future economic growth prospects due to China’s economic slowdown and the commodity super-cycle downswing, among other things. The global economy is more interconnected than ever; the dynamic forces of globalization are creating new challenges and opportunities. In order to achieve sustainable and profitable growth, business leaders and policymakers constantly explore cross-border partnerships for investments. The stakes are high. Globalism works, but economic developers continue to develop regional strategies. Innovation and entrepreneurship are vital for job creation and economic development; empirical evidence shows that new jobs and innovation come mostly from start-ups and small businesses. This plenary will explore new growth channels, start-up ecosystem models, and strategies communities use to create differentiation and bolster support for industry expansion.

Chair

John G. Jung

Chairman, Intelligent Community Forum, New York

Speakers

Udo Okonjo

Chief Executive Officer, Fine & Country West Africa

Dr. Chidi Oguamanam

Professor of Law, University of Ottawa

Dr. Tayo Aduloju

Senior Policy Fellow, Nigerian Economic Summit Group

Ryley Iverson

CEO, Townfolio Canada

6:00 – 8:30 pm

Gala Dinner & Networking

Venue

Oriental Hotel, Lagos

Sponsors

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