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Ex-UN Under Secretary-General, Kandeh Yumkella, Leads Other Distinguish Speakers to ‘2017 Africa Today’ Summit in Abuja.

The third edition of the prestigious ‘Africa Today’ Conference and Summits is schedule to hold at the Transcorp Hilton, Abuja, on Tuesday, October 17th.

As usual, the conference is bringing to the fore a germane topic particularly as it relates to Nigeria and Africa. This year’s topic is Energy Options in Low-cost and Low-carbon World: Which Way Nigeria and Africa?

The special guest of honour and keynote speaker at this year’s conference is distinguished energy expert, international technocrat and renowned sustainable development specialist, Dr. Kandeh Yumkella.

A former United Nations Under-Secretary-General, 2013-2015; Yumkella was also the CEO and representative of the Secretary-General’s Sustainable Energy for All Initiative and UNIDO Director-General, from 2005 to 2013.

According to a statement signed by Kayode Soyinka, “Yumkella brings to Abuja his wealth of experience spanning decades”. 

He will be supported by various discussants and participants including the British High Commissioner Mr. Paul Arkwright, Dr. Frank Jacobs, President of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, Mr. Olukayode Pitan, managing director of the Bank of Industry, Mr. Nir Marom, co-founder and president of Lumos and Mr. Adekunle Oyinloye, managing director of the Infrastructure Bank among others.

Mr. Victor Eromosele, former general manager (finance) at the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Ltd, is the guest speaker while Nigeria’s Minister of Power, Babatunde Fashola, will give the opening keynote address.

‘Africa Today’, through its Conference and Summit Unit, has been at the forefront of innovative continental discussions.

The first edition, which featured a former Commonwealth Secretary-General, Sir Shridath (Sonny) Ramphal in 2015, focused on the controversial Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the European Union and Africa at a time the continent was being pressured to sign the agreement.

The second edition last year focused on China’s increasing influence in Africa and what its entry portends for the continent.

That conference had as its keynote speaker, Sir Vince Cable, a former Business Secretary in the British cabinet. And two other distinguished international speakers, Professor Howard French from Columbia University, New York, and Professor Yun Sun, from the Brookings Institution, Washington DC. 

Africa Today’s Publisher, Mr. Kayode Soyinka, announcing this year’s programme, told journalists in Abuja that “Dr. Yumkella is someone who is very well known in Nigeria and across Africa especially for his work as Director-General of UNIDO and as UN Under-Secretary-General and Representative of the Secretary-General on ‘Sustainable Energy for all’.

 His presence at this year’s edition follows Africa Today’s dream of bringing to Nigeria and Africa distinguished international figures to speak, share and impact their knowledge and experiences with us on this Policy Conversation Platform which Africa Today has endowed.”

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