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NDFF 2014 Conference Invites Scalable Nigerian-owned SMEs At Home and In the U.S. for Showcase

Financial Nigeria International, the organizers of The Nigeria Development and Finance Forum conference has announced that the 2014 edition of the conference will take place on May 29 – 31, at The Westin New York

Financial Nigeria International, the organizers of The Nigeria Development and Finance Forum conference has announced that the 2014 edition of the conference will take place on May 29 – 31, at The Westin New York Grand Central Hotel, New York.

The NDFF 2014 conference will showcase 20 scalable Small and Medium-scale Enterprises (SMEs) owned by Nigerians at home and in the United States. This is in line with the agenda of the conference to promote the SME sector and provide opportunities for investment and market access for both Nigerian and U.S. businesses.

Over the past few years, policy support for private sector development has featured various initiatives by the Nigerian government to promote the SME sector. This include the setting up of the Small and Medium-scale Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) by the Federal Government, the CBN-sponsored SME Fund which is managed by Bank of Industry apart from industry-specific low-cost funds for SMEs, and more recently the incentive system that has been developed and coordinated by the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment. These are aimed at unlocking the SME sector and formalizing it to be able to function as the engine of economic growth.

In support of these efforts, NDFF 2014 conference will facilitate networking between Nigeria- and US-based Nigerian-owned SME entrepreneurs to share ideas, best practices and attract growth finance, even as senior policymakers in attendance will learn better ways to target assistance and promote better market access across the Atlantic for the SMEs.

According to the United States Trade Representative (USTR), “Small businesses are the backbone of the U.S. economy, and the primary source of jobs for Americans. Small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) also account for the largest group of U.S. exporters and are a major user of imported goods.”

With Nigeria being part of the MINT (Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria and Turkey) economies which Jim O’Neil, former chairman of Goldman Sachs Asset Management, identified recently as the next growth markets following the BRIC economies, the Nigerian SME sector is supported by government policies to diversify the economy from hydrocarbon. Increasing private equity (PE) activities have also focused on injection of finance and managerial expertise to grow scalable SME businesses.

In line with the theme of this year’s conference, “Entrenchment of Economic Growth in Nigeria: Opportunities for Asset Diversification, Investments in Housing, Textile & Fashion Industry, SMEs and Value Chains of Big Businesses,” the event will also bring together leading players in the Nigerian market.

Jide Akintunde, Director, Nigeria Development and Finance Forum said: “NDFF 2014 will provide very important opportunity to attract foreign investments as we host over 250 delegates, including Wall Street bankers and investors, international policy and business leaders, and the media in continuation of our series theme which rightly projects Nigeria as “Africa’s Frontier Emerging Market of Importance. The SME sector is important for acceleration of economic growth, job creation and prosperity. This can be facilitated by networking between Nigerian SME entrepreneurs operating across the Atlantic, while we look to showcase them to potential financiers and investors.” Buy Diflucan online

The conference is a three-day programme consisting of plenary sessions, special briefings, networking, exhibition and gala dinner. Some of the topics that will be addressed at the conference include Nigeria’s Macroeconomic Performance  and Country Competitiveness for Investment; Making Government Work: Governance Reforms Driving Investment and Sustainable Development in Nigeria; Nigeria’s Investment Climate: Monetary Policy, Microeconomic Risk Analysis  and Financial Market Performances; Nigerian Power Sector Reforms and Investing in Value-Chains of the Industrial Sectors of Nigeria; Revival of Nigerian Textile Industry, and Opportunities for Investments in the SME Sector; Nigerian Real Estate Development and Housing Finance & Launch of Nigeria Diaspora Mortgage. lasix no prescription

The Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN) will launch the Nigeria Diaspora Mortgage Initiative, which was announced by FMBN at NDFF 2013 conference in June, in Washington DC. The Initiative is supported by the Nigerian Embassy in Washington DC and a host of Nigerian operators in the Real Estate and Housing Finance sector, who participated at the 2013 conference. Premarin no prescription

Application for a spot to showcase is now open to SME owners operating in the value-chains of finance, housing, technology, power, hospitality, agriculture, manufacturing, distributive trade and textile & fashion. Final 20 businesses will be selected, with equal representation from Nigeria- and U.S.-based SMEs. Successful CEOs will be on our high-value panels and have their businesses showcased during the programme of the conference. Application will close on February 28. Buy Zoloft online

Interested participants should please contact Martins Hile, whose details are below, with short profiles of their companies. All information will be handled with utmost confidentiality. Levothroid no prescription

NDFF 2014 conference has as Organizing Partners:
•    Financial Nigeria International Limited (Lead Conference Organizer)
•    Nigerian Embassy in Washington DC & Consulate in New York
•    Nigerian Export-Import Bank
•    Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria
•    Paceworking UK
•    Pison Housing Company

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