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Ecobank Partners Vanguard Economic Forum Series, Convenes MSME Finance Summit

May 13, 2021   •   by   •   Source: Proshare   •   eye-icon 730 views

Thursday, May 13, 2021 / 10:30 AM / Ecobank Nigeria / Header Image Credit: Ecobank Nigeria

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Ecobank Nigeria and Vanguard Economic Forum Series have announced thatthey are convening an MSME virtual summit to promote and encouragelending  support for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in theface of changing operating environment in the country. 


The virtual summit with the theme: Unlocking Credit Growth in a ChangingMSME Lending Landscape, will be broadcast and streamed live via zoom platformscheduled for May 21st by 11am.  


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The conference in strategic partnership with Nigerian Association ofSmall & Medium Enterprises (NASME) and Small & Medium EnterprisesDevelopment Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) will convene keynote speakers andpanelist from regulatory agencies of government, policy decision makers,non-governmental organisations (NGOs), business and industry thought leaders.The speakers and panelists carefully drawn from the banking, trade associationsand other key sectors of the economy are subject matter experts in MSMEs andlending.  


Confirmed speakers include Mr Olukayode Pitan, Managing Director/ChiefExecutive, Bank of Industry (BoI); Dr. Dikko Rada, Director General, Small andMedium Enterprise Development Agency (SMEDAN); Adenike Adeyemi, ExecutiveDirector, Fate Foundation; Eke Ubiji, Executive Secretary, Nigerian Associationof Small & Medium Enterprises (NASME) and a representative of Central Bankof Nigeria (CBN), amongst others. The Guest Of Honour will be the SpecialAdviser to the President on Ease of Doing Business, Jumoke Oduwole, whilePatrick Akinwuntan, Managing Director of Ecobank Nigeria will be the ChiefHost.


Announcing the conference in Lagos, Emeka Agada, Country Head, SMEEcobank Nigeria Limited said the Summit as a thought leadership contentplatform would deeply dialogue on the critical role of MSMEs as the economicengine room of any prosperous nation and the need to support the sub sectorwith capital, including examination of key issues and ways of achieving theobjective through digital financial inclusion for the MSMEs. He disclosed thatthere will be audience engagement of members of various trade groups such asNASME (Nigerian Association of Small & Medium Enterprises) and SMEDAN(Small and Medium Enterprise Development Agency ) with a view to detailingvarious lending options. He further  reiterated that the 'Ecobank DigitalSeries' is in line with the Bank's vision to consolidate a modern pan-Africanmarket, contribute to the economic development and financial integration of thecontinent.


Also speaking, Jude Ndu, Director, Vanguard Conferences and The EconomicForum Series says: "As a follow up to the hugely successful Ecobank DigitalFinancial Inclusion virtual summit, we are indeed pleased and delighted withthe ongoing high-level strategic partnership with Ecobank Nigeria in the areaof concept development, synthesis, design and execution of high profilethematic bespoke events. The upcoming conference speaks to the strong sense ofconfidence the bank has in us to help curate thought leadership content andcontext for the brand in line with its marketing objectives.


He noted that the MSME conference would help Ecobank communicate andconnect with Nigeria's largely MSMEs on its lending options and support, addingthat the bank will also showcase its strength in the digital banking space suchas its  innovative digital payment channels like the  OmniPlus,Omnilite and digital sales collections channels like Ecobankpay NQR amongstother financial service offerings to close the large financial Inclusion gapand a direct response to mitigating the economic challenge post-COVID-19.


The Ecobank Digital Series is a virtual programme organised by Ecobankto educate and enlighten the public on crucial issues of public interest,especially as it relates to their financial empowerment.

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