Upcoming NIDO Convention
To Focus On Mobilizing Nigerian Stakeholders And Catalyzing Collaborative
WASHINGTON, DC, September
23, 2003 Nigerians in the Diaspora Organization (NIDO) Americas is slated
to host a convention from October 17th-18th at the Sheraton
Gateway Hotel Atlanta Airport in Georgia, U.S.A. to address key issues related
to Nigerias future and development. This will be an unprecedented opportunity
for Nigerians and friends of Nigeria to share their ideas and expertise with
leading Nigerian professionals, prominent Nigerian Federal Government officials,
and distinguished U.S.-Africa leaders, including Amb. Andrew Young and former
U.S. Amb. to Nigeria Howard Jeter.
This convention will mark the first time this year that Nigerian stakeholders
in the Americas will have the opportunity to dialogue with the new Nigerian
leadership on a spectrum of issues related to the countrys overall economic
development. Participants will be able to address challenges and work together
towards building consensus and strategic alliances around key themes.
Emeka Ugwuonye, NIDO Chairman stated: Nigerians in the Americas constitute
a top cream of professionals. By virtue of our positions in America, coupled
with our continued love and commitment to the motherland, we stand a good
chance to join hands together to assist the homeland and transfer knowledge,
skills, and technology, and thereby strengthen our positions in America.
Main convention events will include seminars and focus groups on a continuum
of issues vital to Nigerian nation building and strengthening the Nigerian
economy, including investment and venture capital, economic development and
capacity-building, security and quality of life, business ethics and corporate
governance, and repatriating Nigerian human capital from abroad. There will
be a special break out session on combating advanced fee fraud (alias 419)
and restoring confidence in the Nigerian business community. These various
thematic programs are aimed at developing ideas for flagship initiatives that
Nigerians in the Diaspora can pursue in collaboration with various stakeholders
in Nigeria in the near future. The main outcome of the convention will be
the development of a working document and policy guide for the Nigerian government.
There will also be a pre-convention
reception Friday night featuring performances from Onyeka Onwenu and two other
Nigerian artists. A banquet and gala will conclude the weekends events during
which top Nigerian professionals in North America
and Nigeria will be recognized for their leadership and achievement. These social
events will provide additional opportunities for extended professional and
informal networking, particularly for young professionals.
For more information on the convention and to register, call NIDO or visit
the organizations website at www.nidoamericas.org. All interested media
outlets are invited to cover the event and requested to contact the NIDO office
at 1.202.986.8400 ext. 1023 to obtain a press pass.
Headquartered at the Nigerian Embassy in Washington, D.C., NIDO Americas is a not-for-profit, Nigerian professional
organization established in 2000 with the aim of mobilizing Nigerians in the
Americas from diverse professional backgrounds to network, collaborate,
and develop innovative ways to harness their skills and talents to apply towards
Nigerias development. The organization enjoys support from the
Nigerian government, U.S. corporate sponsors, and many members in the Americas.
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