Collaborative Efforts For Stimulating Investments and Inclusive Economic Growth in the Niger Delta

Asaba, Delta State, Nigeria | November 17-18, 2015


DAY ONE: Tuesday, November 15, 2015

REGISTRATION
7:00AM - 5:00PM

WELCOME AND OPENING SESSION
9:00 - 9:30AM

Welcome address delivered by Mr. Sam Daibo, Executive Director, PIND
  • Scene setting on priorities and imperatives for inclusive economic growth in the Niger Delta
  • Outcomes/results from 2015 Forums (London and Washington, DC)
  • Playback video of NDDF London and Washington, DC

Welcome remarks by Mr. Michael T. Harvey, USAID/Nigeria Mission Director
  • Highlighting the USAID/PIND partnership and the need for more collaboration around development activities in the region

Opening statement by Mr. John Bray, US Consul General
  • Importance of security in the Niger Delta

Opening address delivered by Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, Delta State Governor (invited)

KEYNOTE ADDRESS
9:30 - 10:00AM

Keynote Presentation delivered by Professor Patrick Utomi (invited)
  • Scene setting for inclusive economic growth in the Niger Delta
  • What’s at stake with state governments, budget prioritizing and diversification on resources

TEA/COFFEE BREAK
10:00 - 10:45AM

PAPER PRESENTATIONS
10:45AM - 1:00PM

Paper 1 presentation: Funding and investment opportunities for economic infrastructure and diversification
Lead paper presenter: Simon Gusah, Urban Development Planner, Urban Base Consulting

Paper 2 presentation: Skills development for women and youth as a priority for the region for the next four years
Lead paper presenter: Tammie Kammonke, Executive Director, Gender Perspectives

LUNCH
1:00 - 2:00PM

BREAKOUT SESSIONS ON PAPER 1 AND 2
2:00 - 4:00pm

Session 1: Funding and investment opportunities for economic infrastructure and diversification
Moderator: William Grant, Global Practice Lead, Market Systems Development, DAI
Panelists:
  • Senator Emmanuel Aguariavwodo, SA to Delta State Governor on Infrastructure and Housing, Delta state
  • Anita Laz-Nwaokafor, Immediate past Executive Director, Rivers State PPP Bureau
  • Chantal Abdul, CEO, MOJEC International
  • Lawrence Okezie Odoemelem, Senior Special Assistant to Abia State Governor on Investment Promotions

Session 2: Skills development for youth as a priority for the region for the next four years
Moderator: Bassey Archibong, Director, Household Economic Strengthening, MARKETS III
Panelists:
  • Godson Ohuruogu, Co-founder, FocusHub
  • Olere Lluebbey, Executive Director, Mind Africa
  • Honorable Remy Chukwunyere, Director, Imo State Job Directorate
  • Adaku Ekpo, Director/Consultant, National 4H Council

Session 2B: Skills development for women as a priority for the region for the next four years
Moderator: Mfon Nnang Tayo, Executive Director, Primus Preston Global Services
Panelists:
  • Bose Eitokpah, Capacity Building Program Manager, PIND Foundation
  • Vernice Guthrie, CEO, West Africa Development
  • Edosa Oviawe, Advisor, Policy & Analysis, IPAS

SHORT BREAK/NETWORKING
4:00 - 4:15PM

Tour of exhibition fair stands
Launch of PIND’s 2016 Advocacy calendar

REPORT OUT OF SESSIONS 1, 2A, 2B BY MODERATORS
4:15 - 4:45PM

CLOSING PLENARY
4:45 - 5:30PM

Review of day’s activities and overview of next day’s activities
Open panel session for moderators and panelists on stage to provide final comments on breakout sessions


DAY TWO: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2015

REGISTRATION OPEN
7:00AM - 5:00PM

RECAP OF DAY ONE PROCEEDINGS
9:00 - 9:15am

PAPER PRESENTATIONS
9:15 - 11:15AM

Paper 3 presentation: Strengthening agricultural/market value chains
Lead paper presenter: Chuma Ezedinma, Agribusiness Lead Specialist, UNIDO

Paper 4 presentation: Governance and accountability
Lead paper presenter: Ambassador Nkoyo Toyo, Special Advisor to Cross Rivers

TEA BREAK
11:15AM - 11:45AM

BREAKOUT SESSIONS ON PAPER 3 AND 4
11:45AM - 1:45PM

Session 3: Strengthening agricultural/market value chains
Moderator: James Elekwachi, Market Development Project Manager, PIND Foundation
Panelists:
  • Chief Emmanuel Ijewere, Coordinator, Nigerian Agribusiness Group
  • Dr. Tony Bello, Former SA to FMARD
  • Emeke Ile, Business Development Director, MARKETS II

Session 4: Governance and accountability
Moderator: Charles Abani, Chief of Party, SACE
Panelists:
  • Ambassador Nkoyo Toyo, Special Advisor to Cross Rivers Governor, formerly representing Cross Rivers in the NASS, one of the founders of GADA
  • Clement Ofuani, Director General, Delta State Capital Territory Development Agency
  • Chuks Ofulue, Chief Economist/Head of Economic Development, BRACED Commission

NETWORKING LUNCH
1:45 - 2:45PM

REPORT OUT OF SESSIONS 3 AND 4 BY RAPPORTEURS
2:45 - 3:15PM

POLL EXERCISE
3:15 - 3:45PM

How do we plan to move forward on key recommendations from breakout sessions?
Structured evaluation of the Forum’s proceedings

CLOSING PLENARY: LAYING OUT A ROADMAP FOR ACTION AND TRACKING IMPACT
3:45 - 5:00PM

Government (Follow-on high level Governors Forum; expectations, objectives, format)
Partners’ and audience members roles and responsibilities
Private sector/investors - opportunities
Niger Delta Development Report