It has been confirmed that the distinguished lawmakers Rt. Hon Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, will be delivering a special award speech, while Rt. Hon. Lynda Chuba Ikpeazu (member House of Representatives, Onitsha North and South Federal Constituency) will be delivering a plenary conference address.
In a statement signed by the convener of the project, Mr Emmanuel Ezima, “The distinguished guest speakers are passionate about the growth of SMEs in Nigeria and have committed themselves to build infrastructure and also evolving policies that will ensure that SMEs thrive and compete globally”.
The conference which is slated for two days will be held at Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island Lagos, on Saturday, 22nd September 2018, and Sunday 23rd September 2018, with the theme “Tech Governance Funding”. This year’s conference is projected to be the largest SME gathering.
“The conference is aimed to provide a significant platform where African entrepreneurs can incubate, innovate, upscale operations, and also get trained, mentored and be out of poverty”.
This year’s conference is special, as it would feature exhibitions and a major Award ceremony that will recognize outstanding SMEs, who are innovating ideas that are changing Nigeria’s economic trajectory and also recognize stakeholders in government and private sector who have contributed meaningfully to the sector.
Delegates to the conference will be over three thousand youth driven SMEs across different sectors and SME service providers, including but not limited to creative, Events, Tech, Fashion, Entertainment, Makeup, Agriculture, Production, Manufacturing, Cosmetics and Corporate Services etc.
Awards to be given include: SME Economy Entrepreneur of the Year (Male and Female), Award for SME Network of the Year, Award for Real Estate, Award for SME Bank of the Year, Distinguished Service Award, Award for Arts and Crafts, Award for Event Management, amongst others.