The Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, in an attempt to energize the economic potentialities of the state, is organizing a 3-day Economic Summit to be held at the Okpara Square Independence Layout Enugu from April 12-14, 2016.
The Summit is a fall-out from the Economic Advisory Committee the Governor appointed in June last year, barely a month after he was inaugurated, to fashion out economic roadmap for the state. The Committee consequently, prepared a blueprint which the state governor has vowed to implement with the Summit as the first step.
His words, “In line with my mandate to transform Enugu state to become the preferred investment destination and the reference point for development in Nigeria, the Government of Enugu State in June 2015 inaugurated the Economic Advisory Committee. The Committee’s mandate is to advise and guide the state on the best economic policies that would help to engender sustainable economic growth in the face of the present dwindling revenue from Nigeria’s Federation Account caused by the glut in the oil global industry”.
The Governor further explained that after series of deliberations, the Committee has articulated an Economic Blueprint which is aligned with the development agenda of the state, based on his 4-point agenda which are; Employment Generation, Social Service and Good Governance, Rural Development, Security and Justice.
He said that the state government under his leadership “is committed to implement the Blueprint to ensure its success”, pointing out that to that end, “the Blueprint is to be used as a framework upon which to seek investor’s commitments to invest in the state by inviting them to participate in the state’s Economic Summit”.
This maiden edition has its theme as “Beyond oil: Fostering Inclusive Economic Growth & Sustainable Development”. The Summit will also focus on how government and the private sector can partner to maximize the potential for growth in other key sectors of the economy.
The keynote address, according to the organizers will be addressed by the Hon. Minister for Power, Works & Housing, Babatunde Fashola on the topic: Public-Private Partnership for Inclusive Economic Development.