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Experts To Discuss SME Funding At FICAN Conference

The Managing Director/CEO Bank of Industry (BOI), Mr. Rasheed Olaoluwa, will lead other banking and real sector experts to discuss the federal government as well as banks’ support to the growth of small and medium scale enterprises (SME) in Nigeria at the 2015 Finance Correspondents Association of Nigeria (FICAN) annual conference.
Olaoluwa, who is the keynote speaker, will speak on the theme of the conference which is “Banks and SMEs in Nigeria: Prospects, Challenges and Success Stories.”
A statement from the association explained that the conference which is scheduled to hold from Saturday 19th–Sunday 20th September 2015, in Lagos, will also feature a technical session, which would be chaired by the Special Guest of Honour, Alhaji Ibrahim Muazu, Director, Corporate Communications at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
The technical session will feature presentations from real sector and banking experts including including the Director General, Nigeria Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (NASME), including Mr. Eke Ubiji, and the President, Association of Small Business Owners of Nigeria (ASBON), Dr. Femi Egbesola.
Others are Group Head, Retail, First Bank Nigeria, Mr. Gbenga Akinpelu; and Head of MSME & Agency Banking, Diamond Bank Plc, CHidimma Lawason; Group Head, SME Banking, Heritage Bank, Bayo Ogunnusi; and Director, Enterprise Development Center, Pan Atlantic University, Mr. Peter Bankole.
“Egbesola will speak on: Banks’ Relationship with Small Businesses: Perception and Realities while Akinpelu. Ubiji, Lawason and Ogunnsi will speak on Financing SMES: Challenges and Success Stories. Mr. will speak on Financing Needs of SMEs Versus Banks’ Offerings for SMES while Bankole will focus on Major Lessons from Facilitating Between Banks and SMEs.
“The event will also attract distinguished policy makers, leaders in the financial and civil rights groups, merchants, as well as corporate affairs managers in financial services sector, among others,” it added.
FICAN is the umbrella body of journalists and business editors reporting the finance sector of the economy, with membership of over 150 journalists in the print, electronic and online media.
The annual FICAN conference is a capacity building conference designed to deepen understanding of financial journalists of development in the economy and enhance quality of reporting of such development.
The 2015 conference is aimed at providing opportunity for financial journalists to deepen understanding of the nature of relationship between banks and SMEs and also the various services, programmes, and funds created by banks and other financial institutions to assist SME businesses.

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