ICC Nigeria celebrates centenary at AGM, admits new members

The International Chamber of Commerce Nigeria (ICCN) will hold her Annual General Meeting (AGM) and the induction ceremony for new members on Thursday 13th June 2019 at 10.45am at Southern Sun Ikoyi, 47, Alfred Rewane Road, Ikoyi, Lagos.

According to the statement signed by the Secretary General, ICC Nigeria, Mrs. Olubunmi Osuntuyi, the AGM will be used to mark one of the regional programmes of  the 100th Anniversary of the International Chamber of Commerce. Specific programmes were planned regionally to focus on some of the United Nations (UN) programmes, each focusing on a major trend or disruption in the global economy: The five themes will be: 1. The digital revolution 2. Inclusive, sustainable growth 3. The future of food systems 4. Innovation, creativity and intellectual property 5. Future enterprises: fostering a “start-up” ecosystem. The regional events are intended to highlight ICC’s thought leadership in these fields and will be used to deepen ICC’s reach in key geographies: Sub-Saharan Africa, Europe, Broader Middle East North Africa, Asia Pacific and the Americas.

Consequently, the address which would be focusing on “The Future of Food Systems” at the Post AGM Roundtable Talk, will be delivered by Dr. Victor Ajieroh,Phd, Senior Programme Officer, Nigeria Nutrition Global Development, Gates Foundation. The event is scheduled to hold on Thursday June 13, 2019 at the Southern Sun Ikoyi, 47, Alfred Rewane Road, Ikoyi, Lagos. The ICCN Post AGM Roundtable talk is expected to offer a fresh and provocative perspective on the Future of Food Systems whilst facilitating an expert dialogue process that can help catalyse a rethink and recalibration on this theme in Nigeria.

(L-R): Damilola Akanbi-Gilbert, Brand Protection, Unilever; Tracy Faustin, ICC BASCAP Project Manager; Yoko Ngwube, British American Tobacco; Felix Ologbonyo, Corporate Counsel, Nestle Plc ; Desmond Adeola, Unilever Head of Brand Protection for Africa and Chair, BASCAP Nigeria Working Group; and Wael Adhami, Head, Brand Protection, Johnson & Johnson; at the meeting held on counterfeiting and piracy in Lagos…on Wednesday

Given the growing strategic importance of the issue, ICC Nigeria Post AGM Talk will take deep dive, gathering experts and key stakeholders from public and private sector to explore all the practical implications for key operators concerned in the Future of Food Systems. Indeed, the theme is considered appropriate at this period of the vision of current Administration towards building on the successes and lessons from her Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA) and the new policy regime, tagged the Agriculture Promotion Policy (APP) aimed at ensuring sustainable food sufficiency under the much canvassed Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) arrangement.

A retrospect to recent history shows that the future of global food systems is the subject of a new report from the World Economic Forum (WEF), to develop, explore and analyze hypothetical future food worlds scenarios. Currently, food systems are integral to the health of people. Thus, development of all-inclusive, sustainable, efficient, nutritious and healthy food systems will be essential to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  Research had revealed that nearly half of the world’s population does not eat a properly nutritious meal while in some nations, up to 40% of food is either lost or wasted, resulting in the volatility of weather events and rising food prices. With the right strategies, business would be an essential part of the solution to the big issues facing the world today: from raising people above the poverty line to eliminating corruption, from combating climate change to promoting peace and global stability.

The Chief Host Mr. Babatunde Savage, Chairman of ICC Nigeria, together with other Board members, will formally welcome all the new members from last AGM into the Chamber. The new members include: Legal Icon Chambers; Palmadex Global Integrated Services Ltd; The City Law Associates Law Firm; Rose O. Ojiako-Nwosu & Co.; Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority; Nnenna Ejekam Associates; Africa Law Practice; Ozioma Izuora & Co.; Sola Ajijola & Co.; Ali Zubairu & Associates; Multichoice Nigeria; SunTrust Bank Nig. Ltd. Other highlights of the AGM are the report of the 3rd ICC Africa Regional Arbitration Conference held last year in Lagos, Nigeria, appraisal of other major activities and achievements of the Chamber in the year ended as well as latest developments around the world as regards trade, commerce and investment.

Founded in 1919, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) is the only recognized private sector led organization granted the Observer Status in the UN. It is the largest, most representative business organization in the world. Its global network comprises over 45 million members. Members include many of the world’s largest companies, SMEs, business associations and local chambers of commerce in more than 130 countries. We work to promote international trade, responsible business conduct and a global approach to regulation through a unique mix of advocacy and standard setting activities—together with market-leading dispute resolution services. More than 2,000 experts drawn from ICC’s member companies feed their knowledge and experience into crafting the ICC stance on specific business issues. The United Nations, the World Trade Organization, the G20 and many other intergovernmental bodies, both international and regional, are kept in touch with the views of international business through ICC. To examine major policy issues of interest to world business, ICC recently transformed into a knowledge based organization. Nigeria is a member of this global body since 1979 and was re organized in 1999 for the enhancement of Trade and Investment.

The ICCN AGM would also be witnessed by members of the Diplomatic Corps, notable business leaders and captains of Industry in both private and public sectors of the Nigeria economy. The event will provide an excellent opportunity for members to network and gain more insights into the programmes and activities of the Chamber. In line with the foregoing, the ICCN Secretary General also urged all members to attend promptly and maximize the high network that the programme provides.