Nigeria to host World Conference of Banking Institutes next week

Global banking and finance professionals are expected in Nigeria for the 22nd edition of the World Conference of Banking Institutes (WCBI) 2017, which holds in Lagos from April 24-28, 2017.

The 2017 edition with the theme “Re-Thinking the Future of Banking and Finance & Life Long Learning”, will be hosted by the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria, CIBN. The bi-annual global conference brings together banking and finance chief executives, senior executives, professionals and other stakeholders as well as people from the education and training sector.

According to a statement from CIBN, the event promises to be intellectually enriching and impactful and will also provide a platform for networking and business opportunities for the Nigerian professionals and financial institutions with their counterparts from other parts of the world.

At the conference, experts will brainstorm on solutions to the challenges associated with the future of banking. Speakers, panellists and paper presenters from the Americas, Australia, Asia, Europe and other parts of Africa have confirmed their participation.

According to the statement, the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, is expected to be the guest of honour at the event, while the governor of Lagos State, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, has also keyed into the conference as part of the activities to celebrate the 50 years anniversary of the creation of the Lagos.

The governor intends to use the conference as a platform to promote financial tourism, an avenue to showcase the rich cultural heritage, hospitality and investment potentials of Lagos and to attract more foreign direct investments into the state.

Twenty-one countries have hosted the conference in the past including USA, Ireland, Italy, Australia, Canada, France, Taiwan, Sweden, the Netherlands South Africa and Zimbabwe. Nigeria is the first West African country to host the world event.


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