By Emmanuel Elebeke

The 21st Nigerian Economic Summit (NES#21) is to focus on tracking corruption, insecurity and good governance.

Announcing this at a joint media briefing on Wednesday, the Secretary to the National Planning Commission, Mr. Bassey Akpayung, said the summit has been designed to elicit deeper dialogue on how best to make tough choices considering the present global economic realities, which government needs to deal with.

In particular, Akpayung said the continuous decline in oil prices resulting in reduction in government revenue, insurgency in some parts of the country and rising unemployment rate, especially the youths also informed the choice of topics to be discussed at this year’s summit.

The summit according to the planning committee, has been scheduled to hold from Tuesday, October 13, 2015 to Thursday, October 15, 2015 at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja and is to be declared open by President Mohammadu Buhari with his vice, Professor Yemi Osinbanjo.
The theme of the summit is: Tough Choices: Achieving Competitiveness, Inclusive growth and sustainability’’.

The theme, the NPC scribe, said is consistent with the aspiration of the present administration’s Change Agenda and the medium Term Successor Strategic Plan, 2016-2020, which focused on fighting corruption, addressing unemployment, insecurity, institutional reforms, economic growth and development.

‘‘Experience has shown that issues on unemployment, insecurity, corruption and inclusive growth cannot be tackled effectively without addressing the competitiveness of the economy.

‘‘This is considering the fact that Nigeria continue to trend downward on measures of relative competitiveness.’’

The summit is also expected to attract a high level representation from the public sector and the captains of industry and representatives of the CEOs, development partners and media executives.

The Chairman of NESG, Bukar Kyari said the NES#21 should not have come at a better time than now, every revenue source of government has taken a downturn.

In the face of the present economic reality in the country, he said the committee is looking beyond the 2015 summit through policy dialogue and stakeholders collaboration to attain a lasting solution to the present economic challenge.


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