Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Annual General Conference 2019
Our Managing Partner who doubles as the Chairman of the International Trade Law Committee (ITLC) of the Nigerian Bar Association- Section on Business Law (NBA SBL). The ITLC hosted a break out session at the Nigerian Bar Association conference on the 26th of August 2019, the session focused on the theme: ‘The Potential Impact of Brexit on African Trade’. Amongst the panelist at the event were: Mr. Aigboje AID-Imoukuede, Chairman Coronation Capital Coronation Capital Limited; Ms. Yewande Sadiku, Executive Secretary NIPC; Dr. Andrew Nevin, Partner, PwC; Mr. Declan Freely, Chief Financial Officer, Neconde Energy; Mr. Akinsola Akeredolu-Ale, Managing Director, Lagos Commodities and Futures Exchange; Mr. Patrick Akinwunyan, Managing Director, Ecobank Nigeria; Mrs. Folashade Alli.
The bottom-line of the session revealed that the UK is still determined to remain in the common market in order to ensure greater control over migration policy; it was also noted that this may be a tangible opening for Africa to build bilateral trade. As a post-Brexit Britain will be looking to reinforce its relationships with fast-growing emerging markets, as certain members of the ‘Leave’ campaign such as Boris Johnson and James Duddridge, the Minister for Africa, have stated. A natural focus will be the 19 Commonwealth nations in Africa, which share a language, history, system of government and large diaspora populations with the UK.
The session was insightful and well attended, and the lecture delivered by the panelist was well received.
Below are pictures taken during the event:
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