VP Osinbajo To Attend 12th Annual CIBN Banking And Finance Conference


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Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, will be the special guest of honour at the 12th edition of the Annual Banking and Finance conference, hosted by the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN).

This was disclosed at a press conference held by the CIBN to inform financial correspondents about the plans for the event.

The President/Chairman of Council of CIBN, Dr. Uche Olowu, in his remarks at the briefing said the theme for the conference is "The Future of the Nigerian Banking Industry-360", is designed to provide direction to Nigerian Banks, Financial Institutions, regulators, policy makers and other stakeholders on how to reposition the Industry for relevance in the new world order, by leveraging on digitalization, a phenomenon that has brought about a lot of unprecedented disruptive innovations in the Industry.

Speaking further Olowu informed the financial correspondents that the conference will attract an array of highly renowned industry futurists and subject matter experts, to discuss critical issues that will have far-reaching impact on the banking industry.

Other key dignitaries expected at the event according to the President/Chairman of Council of CIBN include; Senator Ahmed Lawan, Senate President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, Honourable Minister of Finance, Federal Republic of Nigeria; Mr. Mohammed Musa, Honorable Minister, Federal Capital Territory; Mr. Godwin Emefiele, CON, FCIB, Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria; His Excellency, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Executive Governor of Lagos State

Olowu also added that there will be a World Conference in London from 16th to 19th of September, 2019 which will be graced by the Central Bank of France, Committee of Governors, and ECOWAS, and the regional body of Africa Union in order to make sure Nigeria’s economy is open for investments.

On the forthcoming conference Olowu said, there will be sessions that will discuss the Africa Continental Trade Agreement, AfCFTA, Cyber Security Issues, and the Future of Banking itself.

Giving further insight into the conference the Chairman of the 12th Conference Consultative Committee and the MD/CEO of First Bank Nigeria Dr. Adesola Adeduntan noted that the event will attract 1,000 professionals within and outside the country.

According to him Mr. Adjiedj Bakas a highly acclaimed trend-watcher, author and speaker with roots in India, Latin-America and Europe, will be the keynote speaker for the conference.

"Mr. Bakas is a visionary with a sharp eye to observe developments and relevant trends, across the world, which can be used for assessing new products and services". Adeduntan said.

The Chairman of the Conference Consultative Committee also listed the following as confirmed resources persons for the conference, they include; Ambassador (Dr) Adeyemi Dipeolu, Special Adviser to the President on Economic Matters, Office of the Vice-President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; Prof. Benedict O. Oramah, President, Afreximbank; Dr. Yonov Frederick Agah, Deputy Director-General, World Trade Organisation (WTO); Dr Omobola Johnson, Senior Partner, TLcom Capital LLP; Mr. Desmond Guobadia, Chairman Nigeria's Presidential Panelon African Continental Free Trade Agreement/Senior Partner, The Law Union; Mr. Abubakar Jimoh, FCIB, Managing Director/Chief Executive, Coronation Merchant Bank Limited; Mr. Rogerio Mascarenhas, Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company Nigeria; Mr. Olumide Olayinka, Partner and Head, Risk Consulting and Innovation, KPMG Nigeria; Mr. Magnus Nnoka, President, Risk Management Association of Nigeria (RIMAN) & Chief Risk Officer, Coronation Merchant Bank;

Other resource persons that will speak at the event are: Mrs. Eileen Shaiyen,Founder/CEO, H. Pierson Associates; Mr. Agada Apochi, Managing Director, Unified Payment Services Limited; Mr. John Obaro, Founder, SystemSpecs; Mrs. Funke Amobi, Country Head Human Capital, Stanbic IBTC; Ms. Funke Opeke, Founder/Chief Executive Officer, MainOne; Mr. Foluso Phillips, Chairman, Phillips Consulting; Mr. Olawale Taofeek Adediran, President and Chairman of Council, the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (CIPM); Mr. Taiwo Oyedele, Head, Tax and Regulatory Services, PwC Nigeria & Tax Services Leader, West Africa, PwC; Mr. Joseph Olofinsola, Human Capital Leader, Deloitte & Touche; Dr Ayotunde Coker, Managing Director/CEO, Rack Centre; Mrs. Habiba Balogun, Director and Principal consultant, Habiba Balogun Consulting Limited; Dr Biodun Adedipe, Founder and Chief Consultant, B. Adedipe Associates Limited; Mr. Bolaji Lawal, Executive Director/Divisional Head, Digital Banking, Guaranty Trust Bank; Mr. Chidi Umeano, Head, Shared Services,  Central Bank of Nigeria and Mr. Suraj Oyewale, Founder, JarusHub.

Dr Adeduntan outlined Seven (7) key business sessions that will feature at the conference, they include the following:

  • Session 1: The New World Economy and Trends into the Future
  • Session 2: African Continental Free Trade Agreement: Role of Nigerian Banks & Other Stakeholders
  • Session 3: Governance, Risk Management and Regulation: Future Considerations
  • Session 4: Shared Services and Cost Management
  • Session 5: Workforce of the Future: People and Skills
  • Session 6: Driving Digital and Innovation
  • Session 7: Pulling it up Together for the Next Level


Adeduntan solicited the support of the media in driving publicity for the event and providing quality coverage of the Conference.

First Bank are the official organizers for the 2019 edition of the Annual Banking and Finance Conference.


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