The Nigerian Diaspora Direct Investment Summit (NDDIS) has confirmed that Governor Babagana Umara Zulum of Borno State and Folashade Yemi-Esan, the Head of Civil Service of Nigeria, will be leading the Nigerian delegation at this year's Nigerian Diaspora Direct Investment Summit in London.
The summit, with the theme 'Renew Nigeria, Renew Africa 2023', will take place at Holiday Inn on Kensington High Street in London later this year.
Bimbo Roberts Folayan, the founder of NDDIS, mentioned that this year's summit will feature prominent speakers such as permanent secretaries, director generals of federal agencies, and chief medical directors from both public and private medical institutions. Additionally, delegates from Nigerian states are expected to attend, although their participation is yet to be confirmed.
Folayan also mentioned that government institutions like the Public Service Institute of Nigeria (PSIN), Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), and the Nigerian High Commission are actively supporting the event. Their involvement highlights the government's dedication to engaging with the diaspora and utilizing their resources to benefit the nation, fostering economic growth and strengthening ties with the Nigerian Diaspora community.
According to Folayan, the summit offers a great chance for networking, promoting investment, and showcasing Nigeria's potential as an investment destination. It will focus on various sectors like health, technology, agriculture, sports, and infrastructure, creating exciting opportunities for collaboration and development. Confirmed speakers include Tim Morris, former British Ambassador in Africa, and Abike Dabiri-Erewa, chairman/CEO of the Nigerian Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), among others.
Folayan also mentioned that NDDIS has partnered with Ethos Assets, who will provide financial support for promising projects highlighted at the summit. Additionally, Doyin Ola, the head of media at NDDIS, shared that the summit will celebrate 10 years of attracting investments to Nigeria and Africa as a whole. Its main objective is to explore opportunities for international and diaspora investors to contribute to the development of Nigeria and the African continent.
“This summit will be chaired by Ambassador Sarafa Tunji Ishola, Nigerian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom.
Doyin Ola also mentioned that in addition to presentations, there will be networking sessions for delegates to connect in a business-to-business (B2B) setting. There will also be a panel discussion led by Lanre Tejuoso, the Pro-Chancellor of the University of Lagos.