As part of efforts to promote new agribusiness opportunities in the country, First Bank of Nigeria Limited has confirmed attendance of president of the African Export–Import Bank, Prof Benedict Oramah, as the keynote speaker, 600 delegates and over 60 exhibitors for its 2019 Agric Expo.
Themed ‘Agricultural Value Chain – Spotlighting Opportunities and Managing Risks’, this edition comesup on Friday, August 30, at Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.
The annual FirstBank Agric Expo, launched in 2017, provides the lead in the national discourse on sustainable agriculture value chain as a substantial source of Nigeria’s economic development, improved contribution to her balance of trade and foreign exchange.
It will host over 600 delegates and over 60 exhibitors to display the latest technology in farming equipment, logistics and supply, as well as finished agricultural produce, thereby keeping the participants and sundry agribusiness practitioners abreast with new opportunities in the industry.
Beside the plenary session, the expo will feature three masterclasses with in-depth analysis on specific areas of agribusiness, facilitated by enterprising Subject Matter Experts.
The masterclass facilitators include the Group Executive Director, Saro International Limited, Mr Leonard Anyanwu; Team Lead, Kominity Digital, Mr Segun Ogunwale; and Managing Director, 3T ImpexTrade Centre, Mr Bamidele Ayemibo, who will provide insight as well as share success stories and experiences.
Expressing delight on FirstBank’s leading role at not just promoting agriculture but diversifying the Nigerian economy, the Chief Executive Officer, First Bank of Nigeria, Dr Adesola Adeduntan, said, “in the last 125 years, more than any other financial institution, we have played a key role in financing different sectors of not just the Nigerian economy but other economies in sub-Saharan Africa.
“As Nigeria expands opportunities in its non-oil sector – especially agriculture – we remain committed to the growth of agriculture and its contribution to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product.
“Our consistency in convening the FirstBank AgricExpo, which is in its third edition, is a demonstration of our commitment to building the agribusiness economy, which is capable of delivering sustained prosperity by meeting domestic food security goals, generating exports, supporting sustainable income and creating employment opportunities.”