The Abia State Government, committed to transforming the city of Aba to enable it realise its full potential, is organising a development summit taking place from January 13 to 15, 2016, and to be held in Aba.
The first of its kind, the Aba Urban Development Summit, is expected to have in attendance CEOs of banks, foreign government emissaries, captains of industry, development partner organisations and an array
of stakeholders. In a letter signed by the State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, the Summit “is in line with one of the key cardinal development agendas of our administration which is to drive sustainable and all-inclusive development in Abia state. Aba, as the commercial nerve of the state, when sustainably developed, will trigger development activities in other parts of the state”.
The Summit which is being organised in partnership with the Ford Foundation, seeks to “convene key policy makers, social, economic and technical experts and investors and entrepreneurs to discuss the key priorities and levers for unlocking the full potentials of Aba”. Not only that, the Summit according to the Governor’s letter, is also
expected to “showcase opportunities for the private sector and development community to partner Aba in particular and Abia more broadly to invest in the infrastructure, power, agriculture, manufacturing and services sectors”
Aside the expected participating stakeholders, the entire Abia State Executive Council and members of the Abia State House of Assembly, will make up the projected 300 participants. Participation at the Summit is strictly by invitation.