This year’s virtual edition is headed by H.E. Ms. Anna Hallberg, Sweden’s Minister for Foreign Trade and Minister for Nordic Cooperation together with her Nigerian counterpart, H.E. Otunba Richard Adeniyi Adebayo, Nigeria’s Minister for Industry, Trade and Investment.
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This virtual event is free of charge, deadline to register by 20th of November 2020.
Sweden is a global leader in innovation and ranked first in Europe according to the European innovation scoreboard. Over the years, this has given Swedish enterprises a unique head-start on the global scene with innovations like Bluetooth, Spotify, Skype and global companies like Ericsson, Scania, Volvo and ABB. Sweden´s capital Stockholm is currently producing the highest number of so-called ‘unicorns’ (or billion-dollar tech companies) per capita after Silicon Valley. Sweden is also ranked as the world´s most digitized economy. Investments and advancement in ICT have played a crucial role in diversifying the economy, creating new companies and jobs and developed smart new solutions in various sectors, including energy and transport.
Nigeria is the biggest country and economy in Africa, with a population of approximately 200 million, accounting for 47% of West Africa’s population and over 65% of West Africa’s GDP. With abundant natural resources and a young, dynamic population, the country has long played an important role on the continent and it has the potential to be a wider global player in the coming decades. Presently, Nigeria hosts the second largest number of active innovation hubs in Africa with 55 hubs and its largest state Lagos ranks the first ecosystem on the continent. Nigeria is also leading in the ambitious regional electrical connectivity project for the West African region under the auspices of the West African Power Pool (WAPP). With the signature of the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (AfCFTA) and the road to recovery from COVID-19, the Nigerian Government’s commitments and efforts to develop the country’s infrastructure, diversify the economy and create jobs requires innovative solutions. The power of collaboration and co-creation is key.
The Swedish-Nigerian Business Forum aims to bring the best opportunities and insights from both Sweden and Nigeria and increase trade and investment relations. It builds on previous exchanges and partnerships between the two countries for the past years and will involve key business representatives from the Swedish and Nigerian high-level ministerial and business communities.
The 1 hour plenary session will be followed by three sectorial break-out sessions where businesses have the chance to ask questions directly to relevant speakers and to network with fellow industry professionals from Sweden and Nigeria in:
- ICT/ Digitalization
This virtual event is a pre-event to a planned physical conference in Stockholm, Sweden in Spring 2021 provided Covid-19 situation is under control and less travel restrictions.
PART 1: plenary session, high-level presentations (60 min)
13:45 Platform opens for participants
14:00 Opening and Welcoming Remarks by H.E. Carl-Michael Gräns, Sweden’s Ambassador for Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon and ECOWAS
14:05 Address by Sweden’s Minister for Foreign Trade and Nordic Affairs, H.E. Ms. Anna Hallberg
14:20 Address by Nigeria’s Minister for Industry, Trade and Investment, H.E. Otunba Richard Adeniyi Adebayo
14:35 Presentation by Prof. Doyin Salami, Chairperson of Economic Advisory Council, on strategic plan of the Nigerian government in the coming years for development with special focus on ICT, Energy and Transport
14:45 Presentation by Kerstin Borglin, Executive Advisor at The Swedish Program for ICT in Development Regions (SPIDER) on harnessing the growth of ICT to enable growth in key sectors: the case of Sweden
14:55 Closing words by H.E. Carl-Michael Gräns, Sweden’s Ambassador for Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon and ECOWAS
15:00 End, Transfer to Break-Out Session
PART 2: sectorial break-out sessions - ICT, Transport and Energy (60 min)
The sessions are divided on sector and the participants can choose to partake in the ICT, Transport or Energy discussion. Each session will consist of one moderator, one-two main speakers and participants from key targeted organisations in the Nigerian and Swedish business communities of the targeted sectors. The speakers will start off with a brief introduction and presentation (10 min each) followed by an open discussion.
15:00 Opening and Moderator Introduction
15:05 Speaker 1
15:15 Speaker 2
15:25 Open Discussion