The Manufacturers’ Association of Nigeria (MAN) is holding a 3-day event commemorating its 50th Anniversary and its 49th Annual General Meeting. The collocated events are set to kick off on the 25th and run through to 27th of October, 2021 at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.

The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR is expected to be the Special Guest of Honour at the Adeola Odutola Lecture. The lecture will be delivered by the President of African Development Bank Group, Dr Akinwumi Adesina who will share his thoughts on overcoming the binding constraints to competitive manufacturing for Intra-African trade.

The Honourable Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo will declare the 3-day Made-in-Nigeria Exhibition open on the 25th of October 2021 in a colorful event that will be graced by dignitaries from the government and private sector.

Highlights of other events include an evening with the Director-General of the World Trade Organization, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, who will make a presentation on “AfCFTA and Global Trade: Resetting for Global Competitiveness.” The President of the Senate is expected to be the Special Guest of Honour at the event and would present the keynote address.

The three-day event will close with a private session for members on the 27th in the morning and an anniversary dinner and award night to recognize outstanding individuals.

Over the years, the Manufacturers’ Association of Nigeria, under the leadership of Engineer Mansur Ahmed, have brought together relevant stakeholders, industry thought leaders, and foremost industrialists to deliberate extensively on strategies that can make Manufacturing a critical driver for development within the country and continent. One of the main takeaways from past events is the need to have a platform where Nigerian manufacturers can demonstrate the viability of their products in today’s socio-economic landscape. This step is believed to empower Nigerian businesses whilst making the country less import-dependent.

As Nigeria seeks to create additional sources of wealth creation, this event is pivotal to making manufacturing a mainstay of the nation’s economy.

The 49th MAN Annual General Meeting is sponsored by CIG Motors, Dangote Group, African Industries Group, Bank of Industry, British American Tobacco (BAT), International Tobacco Company, Afreximbank, Shell Gas and Raw Materials Research and Development Council, amongst others.

Whilst the high-level MAN event is strictly by invitation, the 3-Day Made-in-Nigeria Exhibition is free and members of the public are welcome. All the events will be streamed live on Facebook and YouTube for general viewing via @manufacturersnigeria.

Stakeholders in the manufacturing industry and the general public are invited to join the array of enriching events online.

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