The Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council (CWEIC) has announced its appointment of Mr. Obinna Anyanwu as its first Country Head for Nigeria, ahead of next year’s Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.
CWEIC is mandated by 52 Heads of Government to promote trade and investment across the Commonwealth nations and recognising that Nigeria is vital to this mission, it will strengthen its relationship and commitment to Nigerian government and the business community.
In support of Anyanwu’s appointment, CWEIC’s CEO, Mr. Richard Burge, will visit Nigeria later this month to rally business support for greater Commonwealth engagement. This will be Burge’s second visit to Nigeria since his appointment in March 2017. During the trip he will meet key government and business leaders interested in business opportunities across the Commonwealth.
CWEIC, in partnership with the UK government and the City of London, will convene Commonwealth leaders for the 11th Commonwealth Business Forum on April 16-18, 2018, in the UK. 800 business leaders and 30 Heads of Government will gather in London to discuss trade and investment. The Commonwealth Business Forum provides a unique platform for high-level dialogue between business and government leaders from the Commonwealth and an unequalled opportunity to access new business opportunities from the association’s 52 member countries. President Muhammadu Buhari has been invited to address the forum and lead a delegation of Nigerian businesses.
A successful business forum requires a strong Nigerian delegation representing a diverse range of industries. Nigeria is Africa’s largest economy and a leader in the Commonwealth business community. Where Nigerian business goes, others follow.
CWEIC advisory board members, include the governors of Lagos State and Akwa Ibom, Akinwunmi Ambode and Udom Emmanuel respectively, Mr. Babatunde Soyoye, Mrs. Folorunso Alakija, Mr. Chibuike Achigbu, Mr. Peter Obi, and Mr. Greg Ogbeifun, have been invited to play key roles at the forum.