CIBN anticipates 2,500 participants at 13th annual bankers’ conference
The Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) on Wednesday said that it anticipates over 2,500 participants from across the globe to take part virtually through the zoom teleconferencing in the forthcoming banking and finance conference.
Patrick Akinwuntan, chief executive of Ecobank Nigeria and chairman, Consultative Committee for the 13th annual banking and finance conference spoke at a media briefing in Lagos on Wednesday.
He said the programme, which is the first-ever blended Conference of the Institute, apart from it providing participants a veritable platform to connect with other professionals and industry stakeholders across the world would also be intellectually stimulating.
Akinwuntan said “the event is also set to make history as the largest gathering of Bankers in Africa and the first free-paying participation of the Institute.”
“The Conference is an annual forum of key operators, regulators, policy makers, members of the academia, millennials and other stakeholders in the Banking and Finance Industry to brainstorm on strategic issues that are critical to building a sound and sustainable financial system and the economy.
“The resolutions at the Conference are usually made available to all relevant stakeholders and policy makers to enable them to re-appraise and align their operations and strategies in line with global best practices,” Akinwuntan said.
President of the institute, Bayo Olugbemi said The conference themed; “Facilitating a Sustainable Future: The Role of Banking and Finance” will bring together prominent bankers; major economic players; captains of industries; regulators; policymakers; members of the academic community and other stakeholders in the banking and finance industry.
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Olugbemi, who also spoke at the briefing, said in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s edition of the Conference, will be executed using the hybrid of virtual and physical platforms, with strict adherence to the precautionary protocol against the spread of the pandemic.
“In line with the theme, participants will evaluate the role of the Banking and Finance Industry in engendering an inclusive sustainable growth as well as offering a direction on how to reposition the Industry for relevance in the new world order, by leveraging on digitalization to boost Nigeria’s economy,” the institute president said.
Personalities expected at the conference include Nigerian president Mohammadu Buhari, Ghana President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Senate President, finance and budget minister and the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria.