Nigeria’s former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Gov. Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara and former Anambra Governor Peter Obi, among others, would be among dignitaries to attend the 2018 Nigerian American Business Forum in Florida, U.S.A. on Saturday.
The President of the Forum, Mr Kenneth Shobola, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the Inaugural Conference would hold from Jan. 27 to Jan. 28 in Tampa, Florida.
The conference, which has as theme: ‘Investing in Nigeria from the Diaspora: Challenges and Opportunities’ is meant to bring great minds together to enhance economic development in Nigeria.
Other speakers, he said, include the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Diaspora Abike Dabiri-Erewa, President of the Nigerian Stock Exchange Abimbola Ogunbanjo, Senators Ben Murray-Bruce and Shaaba Lafiaji, Mr Biodun Shobanjo and motivational speaker Fela Durotoye.
Shobola said the primary objective of the forum is to foster a safer investment environment for entrepreneurial business in Nigeria from the Diaspora and the globe.
“We also intend to bring into Nigeria the much-needed investments in key areas of the economy that will enable rapid growth such that will set the country at par with other advanced economies globally.
“The Nigerian American Business Forum (NABF) is a business forum that constitutes the very best of Nigerian professionals and entrepreneurs in America.
“It serve as a major conduit for interfacing with both the Nigerian private and public sector,” Shobola said.
He said this was being achieved through the interface of both Nigerian private and public sectors with the entrepreneurial and professional disciplines of the members of NABF.
“The Forum provides a platform where American-based Nigerian professionals and business owners can effectively interact with NABF members and entities at the highest levels of government and the private sector.
“This is for the mitigation of pitfalls and challenges in business execution in respective regions of Nigeria.
“The relationships built within this forum are expected to translate into increased opportunities for inward investment in Nigeria and upward opportunity for its members into American sectors.
“Members of the forum will rally their expertise and resources to help other members mitigate risk and foster safer investment strategies into high yield return sectors in Nigerian and American economies,” he said.
According to him, the other objective of the forum includes trade delegation tours through high quality business trips to entrepreneurs aspiring to access the Nigerian markets
He said NABF focused on creating a formidable sub-economy in the U.S that would enable its members to enjoy a healthy financial independent lifestyle.