Registration has commenced for the 16th Annual International Business Law Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association Section on Business Law, NBA-SBL, at www.nbasbl.org.
The conference, themed “Recent Developments in the Business Law Environment,” will hold from Wednesday, 20th to Friday, 22nd July, 2022 at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja.
A breakdown of the registration rates released by the NBA-SBL 2022 Conference Planning Committee, CPC, shows that young lawyers who are members of SBL will register with N25,000 while non-SBL members will pay N35,000 for registration. For others who are not young lawyers, the cost of registration for SBL members is N50,000 while non-SBL members will register with N65,000.
However, there is a discount for early bird registration. Young lawyers within the SBL who register before 12th June, 2022 will pay a discounted rate of N20,000 while non-members of SBL will pay N30,000 for registration. Similarly, other SBL members who are not young lawyers will pay a registration fee of N45,000 if they take advantage of the early bird registration window, while non-SBL members will register with N60,000.
The early bird registration window closes on 12th June, 2022, according to Theodora Kio-Lawson, Chair, Media, Publicity and Mobilisation Subcommittee of the CPC.
There is also room for virtual participation as the conference will be a hybrid event. The registration rates for online attendees, according to Kio-Lawson, are N10,000 for young lawyers who are SBL members and N15,000 for non-members of SBL. For non-young lawyers, SBL members who want to attend virtually will register with N20,000 while non-members will register with N30,000.
Tickets for the conference closing dinner come at the rate of N10,000 for both SBL members and non-members, Kio-Lawson said.
She added that opportunities are still open for individuals and corporate bodies to sponsor the conference, as well as for exhibitors who want to reserve a booth at the conference venue.
On what exhibitors at the conference stand to benefit, Kio-Lawson said, “The conference, which is a convergence of lawmakers, regulators, multilateral institutions, investors, legal practitioners and the business community, presents a unique opportunity for exhibitors to meet and interact with a wide range of attendees, many of whom are leaders and key decision makers in different sectors of the economy.”
The NBA-SBL Annual Business Law Conference started in 2004. Since then, it has continued to provide a platform for stakeholders in the Nigerian business environment to address the issues that affect the business environment as well as businesses operating within the environment. This year, the conference will explore recent developments in the Nigerian business law environment and how they have shaped or affected business operations in the country. The sub-themes to be addressed at the plenary sessions include “The Petroleum Industry Act -Making it Work”; “AfCTFA – The Prospects for the Nigerian Business Lawyer”; “CAMA 2020: The Journey So Far”; “Tax Administration Strides and the Nigerian Business Environment”; and “ESG and the Nigerian Business Environment,” among others.