With the need to further advocate the relevance of technology, the Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce (NBCC) hosted a 2-days Trade Conference and Exhibition tagged ‘Fast Tracking Productivity – Leveraging Technology’.
The Conference and Exhibition which began on Tuesday, March 22, 2022, to Wednesday, March 23, 2022, at the Eko Hotel and Suites - Victoria Island, Lagos, had in attendance, people cut across different industries and sectors alike.
Delivering her welcome address at the opening session, the President and Chairman of Council, Bisi Adeyemi expressed her delight in welcoming participants to this maiden edition of the NBCC Conference and Exhibition. For her, “The theme of the conference underscores the imperative of technology in driving productivity and is reflective of the current realities, propelled by the COVID 19 Pandemic”. She invited all present at the event to maximize and take advantage of every opportunity presented to actualize their organizational goals.
The Session continued with Keynote addresses from Mr. Olukayode Pitan, MD, Bank of Industry (represented by Pastor Simon Arenonu) who spoke on ‘Fast-Tracking Productivity – The Role of Bank of Industry’, Mr. Lamin Mangang, MD –Standard Chartered Bank (represented by Mr. Adeyinka Shurungbe) addressing ‘Digital Banking - Creating Opportunities’ and Dr. Adesola Adeduntan – MD, First Bank(represented by Mr. Ini Ebong) who brought to bear, ‘The Power of Technology in Business Development’.
To further the discussions around the theme, the Chairman of Zinox Group, Mr. Leo Stan Ekeh delivered a paper on “Confronting Business Challenges and Staying Ahead”, in which he began by stating thus, “To confront business challenges is a science, do not kill yourself”. He called on all to help the system rather than criticize it, highlighting the importance of knowledge pace as a very critical part of our economy.
To kick-start the second part of the event, the exhibition hall was officially declared open with a presidential tour led by the Chamber’s President, in the company of NBCC Council members, special guests, and other attendees.
Day-2 of the conference was centered around the Nigerian Healthcare System, furthered with a discussion Moderated by Adesimbo Ukiri – MD/CEO Avon HMO in a panel with Prof Akin Abayomi- Honorable Commissioner, Lagos State, Dr. Ifedayo Adetifa – DG, NCDC, Dr. Adeyemi Johnson – MD/CEO, First Cardiology Hospital and Dr. Debo Odulana Founder Doctoral.
Discussing the topic ‘Healthcare in Nigeria – Beyond the Crises’, The Honorable Commissioner for Health, Lagos State, Prof. Akin Abayomi stated that “COVID is not over, but the crises is over… we should be in a position to understand the dynamics of this virus, how to manage it and as government, our role is to balance the public health response with maintaining the economy of the state and the nation”.
The Director-General, NCDC -Dr. Ifedayo Adetifa pointed out the need to close out the vaccination and get a lot of persons vaccinated while we prepare to continue surveillance and more testing.
Speaking on the effect of the virus and technology in health care, Dr. Adeyemi Johnson stated that “COVID 19 has destroyed our economy, especially the supply chain…Technology is the future, we are not moving anywhere without technology… Health care in Nigeria needs funding to be able to leverage on technology strongly”.