By Modupe Gbadeyanka
The 2018 edition of Annual Banking and Finance Conference of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) will focus on ways to bridge the funding gap for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) towards stimulating economic growth and development in Nigeria, organisers have said.
The forum will take place from September 11 to 12, 2018 in Abuja.
President and Chairman of Council, CIBN, Mr Uche Olowu, speaking at a media parley last Friday in Lagos, disclosed that the theme of the programme is ‘MSMEs: The Game Changer for Economic Growth and Development.’
Mr Olowu, who was represented at the media conference by the First Vice Chairman, Mr Bayo Olugbemi, stated that over 500 professionals, comprising managing directors/chief executives, senior executives, millennials from the banking and financial institutions, players in the MSMEs as well as the academia are expected at the forum.
He said these stakeholders will exchange ideas, and tackle issues affecting the finance sector and the economy at large.
“The sub-themes to be discussed at the Conference are: MSME Financing Gap: The Critical Role of Micro-Funding; Understanding Emerging Disruption in Technology and its Impact on MSME Growth; and Harnessing the Value Potentials at MSME in Income and Empowerment Generation; and MSMEs as an Integral Part of the Economic Growth and Recovery Plan,” he disclosed.
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