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Buhari, others to attend CIBN’s conference

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The Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria has said top dignitaries to attend its 15th annual banking and finance conference in Abuja include the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo and Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu among others.

A  statement by the Media & Publicity Sub-Committee Chair of the Conference Planning Consultative Committee, Mr Rasheed Bolarinwa, said the conference would draw speakers, panelists and participants across all key sectors and sub sectors of the Nigerian economy.

It stated that the two-day conference is scheduled to hold in Abuja in September with the theme “Repositioning the financial services industry for an evolving global context”.

The conference which would also go virtual via zoom teleconferencing is organised through a consultative committee of the CIBN, chaired by the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Sterling Bank Plc, Mr Abubakar Suleiman.

It stated that the breakout session would address sustainable financing: Opportunities, challenges and solutions for the energy sector; Food security: Unlocking Nigeria’s potentials to feed Africa; Creating economy: Scaling for jobs; Harnessing the untapped opportunities in Nigeria’s healthcare system.

The President, Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria, Ken Opara, said, “The banking industry has continued to evolve; technological innovation is the thing in the industry. Nigeria’s financial system is the only industry today that you can see and witness the kind of innovation that is evolving right before us.

“It is one of the few industries in the world to have developed and delivered a robust real time payment services that has been a model other countries are studying.

“But we think that the industry is dynamic, as changes continue to evolve speedily across board globally. You can see telling impact disruption in the global supply chain caused during and after COVID-19 pandemic, you can also see what is happening with the Russian-Ukraine war with its devastating consequences across all spheres including our sector.

“So, the idea is basically to have this conference that will provide a platform to shares ideas on how best to address changing trends in the industry and how to envisage and be well prepared to face evolving issues.”

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