The Nigerian Diaspora Summit (NDIS) has been a success in attracting investment into local businesses in Nigeria, with over 200 deals closed since the summit’s inception.
The Chairman of the Nigerian in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, made this known in her special remarks at the NDIS in Abuja on Monday. She revealed that the summit has recorded 5,000 participants and 900 business links established.
Dabiri-Erewa said that the NDIS has become the leading business networking event for connecting Nigerian business owners and NGO operators with Nigerian Diaspora based investors, providing a platform for the Diaspora community to give back by supporting several deserving NGOs.
The overall goal of the summit is to demonstrate that engaging the Diaspora is a more effective and sustainable strategy for attracting inward investment into the emerging diversified Nigerian economy.
The summit will focus on the following sectors: healthcare, education, agribusiness, creative, entertainment & sports, telecommunications, ICT/Fintech, manufacturing and real estate.
This year’s summit theme is “New Vistas, New Aspirations, New Opportunities”. Dabiri-Erewa said that the Federal Government needs to partner with the Diaspora to achieve its goals of repositioning the economy.
She mentioned few of the local firms and companies that have benefited through participating at NDIS, including start-ups like Opalson Nigeria Limited which exports agro commodities from Nigeria to the international market.
Dabiri-Erewa concluded that the sustenance of this yearly event will continue to encourage the Diaspora community in giving them a sense of belonging to contribute their quota, in enhancing productivity of the National economy, in immediate long run, contribute towards the needed sustainable development in Nigeria.