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Presidents Buhari, Kagame to attend CIBN banking conference


President Muhammadu Buhari and President Paul Kagame of Rwanda are among dignitaries expected to attend the 14th annual banking and finance conference organised by the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN).

Herbert Wigwe, chairman, consultative committee of 14th annual banking and finance conference and GMD/CEO, Access Bank Plc, disclosed this at a press conference on Friday.

Wigwe said the conference would be held in a hybrid format from September 14 – 15. This means the event will be held partially in-person and online.

The two physical locations of the event are the Congress Hall of the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja and the Ijewere Hall of the Bankers House, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The conference themed, ‘Economic Recovery, Inclusion And Transformation: The Role Of Banking & Finance’, is open to stakeholders in the financial services industry in order for them to share experiences, exchange ideas and proffer pragmatic insights on contemporary issues affecting the sector and the economy.

Kagame will be the keynote speaker, Godwin Emefiele, governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), will be the chief host of the conference and Bayo Olugbemi, CIBN President, will be the host.

The conference will feature five business and fifteen break-out sessions.

Speaking about the event, Wigwe said: “Apart from providing participants a veritable platform to connect with other professionals and industry stakeholders across the world, it promises to be intellectually stimulating.”

“The millennials, GenY and GenZ have been considered as part of the primary target group for this year’s conference and adequate provision has been made for their robust involvement and participation.”

Participants are invited to register here for free to attend the conference online.

Other persons expected to speak at the event include Zainab Ahmed, minister of finance, budget and national planning; Amina Mohammed, deputy secretary-general, the United Nations / chair of the United Nations Sustainable Development Group; Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, former Emir of Kano and vice chairman, Kaduna Investment Promotion Agency; Benedict Oramah, president, African Export–Import Bank (Afreximbank); among others.

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