The Senior Special Adviser on Industrialisation to the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Professor Oyebanji Oyelaran-Oyeyinka, on Wednesday (today) will deliver a technical paper titled: Why Africa Must Industrialise.
Oyelaran-Oyeyinka’s paper presentation is part of activities lined up to mark the Africa Industrialisation Week (AIW) 2020 being celebrated by the Africa Union and the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), among other key organisations.
The marking of the AIW 2020 themed: Inclusive and Sustainable Industrialisation in the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), began on November 16th and will last until 20th.
AIW 2020 seeks to bring together various stakeholders involved in industrialisation in Africa to raise awareness on the strides made to industrialize the continent.
The Week also seeks to beam the searchlight on the various activities being implemented while also highlighting the challenges faced in the efforts to advance structural transformation in Africa.
Meanwhile, Oyelaran-Oyeyinka will also be delivering the Keynote Address on the topic, “The Special Agro-Industrial Processing Zones (SAPZ): Engaging the Implementation Gear for Rapid Economic Recovery,’’ at the Feed Nigeria Summit (FNS) 2020.
The Feed Nigeria Summit is Nigeria’s flagship agricultural sector convocation which has over the years earned its position as a cardinal platform for unparalleled stakeholder engagement targeted at accelerating the country’s race towards self-sufficiency in food production, both for domestic consumption and export purposes.
The Summit this year is scheduled to take place on December 1st and 2nd, 2020 at the Ladi Kwali Conference Centre, Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Abuja.
During the Summit, the SAPZ Project, which is a strategic initiative of the Federal Government of Nigeria under the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural (FMARD) and the African Development Bank (AfDB), will be formally launched.
SAPZ seeks to develop Nigeria’s competitive processing capacity, terminate post-harvest losses in Nigerian agriculture, reduce food importation and strengthen food and nutritional security.
The Project is also aimed at boosting revenue generation from agricultural exports and securing wealth for rural farming communities.
FNS2020 aims to help make economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic possible for Nigerian Agriculture.
Follow this link to join Prof Oyelaran-Oyeyinka’s presentation by 2pm West African Time.
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