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ABUJA, Nigeria: October 23, 2021 – AGRA’s  (Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa) Board Chair, H.E. Hailemariam Dessalegn, will be engaged in a high-profile panel discussion at the two-day Nigerian Economic Summit, which kicks off on Monday, October 25, 2021, in Abuja, Nigeria.

The session: “Building a Secure Nigeria: Key Priorities for Economic Growth and Inclusion”, has been planned to shed light on the economic, political and governance imperatives for repositioning Nigeria on the path to economic, social, political, environmental, and physical safety.

Also on the panel are Dr. Zainab Ahmed, Nigeria’s Minister of Finance, Budget, and National Planning; Dr Benedict Okey Oramah, the President and Chairman of the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank); Mr. Atedo Peterside, the Co-Chair of Nigeria’s Steering Committee of the National Development Plan, Agenda 2050, and Mrs. Ndidi Nwuneli, Managing Partner of Sahel Consulting and AACE Foods and also AGRA Board Member. Mrs. Eugenia Abu, the CEO and Managing Partner of the Eugenia Abu Media will moderate the session.

The conversation will address the key factors required to strengthen Nigeria’s institutions in establishing an equitable, safe, and secure society, as well as highlight the role of the private sector in reversing the fragilities across the country’s economic, environmental, and social spheres. This is in addition to identifying the implementation priorities of a National Economic Plan and a National Vision for 2050.

H.E. Dessalegn will share insight on Africa’s priorities for supporting economies. This will draw from his experience as former Prime Minister of Ethiopia, where he led the development and implementation of growth and transformation plans that propelled the East African country into  sustained double-digit economic growth. The AGRA Chair will also bring to the discussion his perspective on the areas of focus for achieving food security.

Now in its 27th edition, the Nigerian Economic Summit is a partnership between the Nigerian Economic Summit Group and the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget, and National Planning. This year’s event will be held under the leadership of H.E. Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

About AGRA

AGRA is a farmer-centered, African-led, partnerships-driven institution that is working to transforming smallholder farming from a solitary struggle to survive to a business that thrives. In collaboration with its partners—including African governments, researchers, development partners, the private sector and civil society— AGRA’s work primarily focuses on smallholder farmers – men and women who typically cultivate staple crops on two hectares or less. AGRA is now recognized across the continent as a strong voice for African rural development, a prosperous agricultural economy, and for supporting thousands of small African businesses and millions of African families to improve agriculture as a way to ensure food security and improve their livelihoods.

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