The South East Governors Forum and South East Region Economic Development Company will host the 4th annual South East Economic Summit on the 19th and 20th of December, 2019. The event which will hold at The Base Landmark event centre, Independence Layout, Enugu will focus on Financing Economic Development, Improving the Ease of Doing Business and financing overarching infrastructure projects in the South East.

The South East Economic Summit is an annual event which began in 2016 by the South East Region Economic Development Company (SEREDEC) and South East Governors Forum (SEGF) with support from DFID’s Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL-ARC). The major objective of the Summit is to create an enabling environment for dialogue and development of a practicable working plan to push the region forward.

The first and second summits which held in 2016 and 2017 respectively were targeted at identifying key overarching projects to deploy in the South East to aid rapid economic development. The SEES 2018 was about the implementation of these projects; to examine the progress till date and establish a clear-cut timeline for completion.

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The theme of this year’s summit is “Financing South East Economic Development & Improving the Ease of Doing Business in the South East” and President of Afreximbank, Professor Benedict Oramah, will deliver the keynote address.

According to Prof. Barth Nnaji, SEREDEC Chairman, “SEES 4 is designed to be a practical conference and not a talk shop”. The two – day summit will have development experts, business moguls, the Academia, ICT professionals, Ease of Doing Business practitioners and other leaders.

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These assemblages of resources will do justice to various issues in the areas of financing projects in the South East, provide project updates on the Resort Hospital Project, Enyimba Economic City, the Rail Network, Gas Pipeline. They will also discuss ideas on how to improve Ease of Doing Business in the South East as well as new business ideas, innovations & Job Creation in the South East. We also hope deliberations at the summit will help to enhance our strategies for infrastructure, development and financing, ICT, human capital development and youth Empowerment.

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Invitees to this year’s summit include representatives from South East State Governors, State Government ministries, departments and agencies, national and state legislatures, SECCIMA, entrepreneurs, technocrats, civil society organizations, faith and community-based organizations and youth leaders.

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