All is now set for business leaders from the South West to hold Economic Summit in Ibadan, Oyo State between November 18 and 25, 2016.
The gathering is expected to identify challenges confronting the region and how to overcome them through synergy.
Addressing Journalists on the forthcoming Economic summit, President and Chief Executive Officer of Impact Business Radio, Mr Owolabi Oladejo said: “If we can-not improve on the standard set by Chief Obafemi Awolowo, let us maintain it. The unemployment level is unacceptable. We need to work together as a team to tackle the problem of poverty and unemployment in the region. What did Awolowo do that we are not doing right? We need to emulate Awolowo in our development efforts.”
According to him, networking among firms coupled with education, training and vast marketing opportunities will reposition firms operating in the region and in the process generate more job opportunities.
Specifically, Oladejo identified Fashion, Agriculture, Construction and Technology (FACT), as avenues through which unemployment can be successfuly tackled in the region.
Accompanied by President of the Ibadan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Princess Abosede Amusan-Ogunnaike, Project Director, Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State (BCOS), Mr. Yanju Adegbite and representative from the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN), Mr. Seye Oyeleye, Oladejo said “All valuable players in the economy of South West and indeed Nigeria” will be part of the programme.
Explaining further, he said: “Impact South-West Economic Development (ISEDE 2016) which will span over eight days will afford participants the opportunity for networking with prospective partners and vast marketing opportunities and hopefully re-establish South West’s role as trendsetters in wealth creation and economic development by promoting existing businesses in the region, encouraging new entrants and assisting in linking other businesses”.
Tagged “ISEDE 2016-F.A.C.T For Economic Development”, the programme is designed to cover strategic industries “with high potential for economic development and empowerment stimulation across West Region and indeed Nigeria.”
Oladejo, who spoke on sundry issues explained that ISEDE 2016 would focus on Fashion, Agriculture, Construction and Technology (FACT), using four strategies; “Show Them, Tell Them, Link Them and Reward Them”.
He said: “Exhibitors and Sponsors of ISEDE 2016 have the opportunity to connect with potential clients, build brand recognition with their target market, showcase their company, introduce new products/services and increase their exposure.
“The audience includes; decision-makers like Federal, State and Local Governments, Corporate bodies, Competitors, buyers and members of the public.
“We will be extremely excited to have such an esteemed gathering of highly experienced and accomplished ladies and gentlemen gathered in Ibadan to discuss and seek ways out of the economic and social doldrums that the South West region and indeed Nigeria has found herself.
“Most of our invitees are known to be nostalgic about the South West of old, their experience as entrepreneurs, successful managers of men and material is invaluable and we hope that the exchange with leaders will help reinvent the South West economically and socially.
“ISEDE 2016 shall connect people from within our region and across other regions to promote maximum utilization of our natural resources, promote mass employment, reduce poverty, strengthen business growth, generate innovative, sustainable solution and enhance regional economic development”