The Nigerian Bar Association Section on Business Law, NBA-SBL has unveiled plans for its 17th Annual International Business Law Conference themed: “The Nigeria Business Landscape – Priorities of Law, Policy and Regulation.”
This is according to the Chairman of the Conference Planning Committee of SBL, Dr. Adeoye Adefulu,
While speaking about the event at a press conference on Wednesday, the Council’s treasurer, Mrs. Ayoyinka Olajide-Awosedo disclosed that this year’s conference will hold from July 5 to 7 at Eko Hotel and Suites, Lagos.
According to her, the objectives of the conference is to set an agenda to revive the economy owing to the new government in place.
Olajide-Awosedo said: “The conference will also focus on what regulations are pertinent to revive our economy in order to encourage investors to attract talents.
According to her, “As lawyers, there are plethora of laws that affect the economy and so we want to sit in the room with all the relevant stakeholders, industries regulators, policies makers and look at how to move our economy forward.
“Looking at the impact of technology, we will look on how Nigeria can peg herself with the developed countries.”
The 2023 conference organisers informed “There will be outside of the sessions and networking opportunities, we have regulatory clinic and we will be sponsoring 25 young lawyers to attend the conference.”
Olajide-Awosedo also said that the conference aimed at exploring recent developments in the Nigerian business law environment, how it had affected businesses and what needed to be done to help businesses thrive.
She also explained that numerous activities had been set aside to grace the annual conference among which was “lawyers got talent competition” and the winner would get cash prize.
She added that the conference will provide a platform for stakeholders in the Nigerian business environment to address the issues that affected the business environment and by extension, businesses operating in it.
She said that the council had keen interest and has made various landmark successes in developing the economy of the country.
Adefulu said experts from the public and private sectors, business lawyers and other stakeholders in the business law environment would converge to discuss how the regulations of the economic sector would be revived.
“We have a regular regulatory interventions we shall be working with and we have also arranged internships programmes for lawyers with regulatory agencies as well,” Adefulu said.
The Chairman, Program and Content Sub Committee, Mr. Oludare Sembore also remarked that the Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, would be the special guest of honour and chief host while many other dignitaries around the world in the economy sector would also grace conference.
“The NBA President, Mr. Yakubu Maikyau, (SAN) and other senior members of the legal profession will also be in attendance.
“Other senior members of the Bar, the Bench and the chief economist from KPMG will also be in attendance.
“We shall also be having international speakers such as Dr. Folashade Adeyemo, an assistant professor in University of Liverpool and Dr. Timi Popoola, the Chief Executive Officer of Nigerian Exchange Limited are also part of the panelists,” Sembore said.
Sembore hinted that the conference would also focus on issues relating to agriculture, business, entertainment and the likes.
NBA-SBL had remained a converging point for decision makers in both the public and private sectors, policy formulators, regulators and industry practitioners seeking solutions to myriad of challenges limiting businesses, since its inception in 2004.