To South-South Summit In Delta
RWANDAN, President, Dr. Paul Kagame, the 17th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the United States, Admiral Mike Mullen, former Mayor of New York, Rudy Giuliani and first Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, IMF, Professor John Lipsky are among the array of global business and leadership heavyweights who have confirmed their participation at the second South-South Economic Summit scheduled for April 26-28, 2012 in Asaba, Delta State.
The Summit which will be declared open by President Goodluck Jonathan will attract investors, professionals and top government functionaries both from Nigeria and offshore, spokesman for the summit and Information Chike Ogeah Esq., said last night.
The theme of the three-day summit is ‘investment, development, security’, which according to Ogeah was “to underscore the fact that the South-south is developing and ready for investment and more importantly that the region is secure for all investors and their investments”.
Kagame is bringing the perspective of a freedom fighter and as the leader who rebuilt Rwanda from the ruins of genocide against monumental odds. He is one of the few African leaders recognized globally as “progressive”.
Under his leadership, Rwanda has been called Africa’s ‘biggest success story’ and Kagame has become a public advocate of new models for foreign aid designed to help recipients become self-reliant. He is billed to give a development keynote on ‘Post-conflict Development Policies’.
Mullen, a security strategist and expert, was the immediate past Joint Chiefs of Staff of the US. Ogeah said Mullen’s presence would reinforce the steely resolve of the federal government and the South-South states to ensure the security of lives and property especially at this time when global peace is being threatened.
According to Ogeah, Giuliani, a global brand in law and good governance skills, will be speaking on ‘Leadership in Times of Crisis”. The former IMF boss is coming to Nigeria with a wide-ranging knowledge vault on international law, administration, security management and investment banking.
He received an honorary knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II in 2002 because of the noble role he played during the 9/11 terror crisis in the US. During his tenure as Mayor of New York, crime rate was reported to have dropped significantly.
Before joining the IMF, Lipsky was Vice Chairman of the JPMorgan Investment Bank. A Stanford University doctorate degree holder in economics, Ogeah said the summiteers would benefit from his vast bandwidth of experience in enterprise management and public sector reforms.
The summit is convened by the BRACED Commission, an acronym for Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Edo, and Delta states.
It functions as the secretariat of the South-south states. Ogeah said the summit will attract a rich mix of international audiences including presidents, multi-national investors, global business leaders as well as indigenous investor and ministers, especially ministers from the South-south zone. This year’s summit is the second in the series following the maiden summit held in Calabar, Cross River State in 2009.