GTR West Africa returns to Lagos, Nigeria on February 4-5, 2020, anticipating a record attendance of over 350 trade specialists.

With the impending ratification of the AfCFTA by Nigeria amongst other key African economies, a comprehensive two-day agenda will provide expert perspectives on the potential impact of further regional economic integration across West Africa, and the implications of policy initiatives aimed at stimulating economic diversification, financial stability and export growth.

As the region increasingly focuses on investment in value-add industry to promote diverse self- sustaining economies, the need for policy makers to optimise hard currency liquidity while boosting local production and exports pose a challenging environment for those trading across borders. Market-leading speakers sourced from a range of key economic sectors will reflect on the latest regulatory developments impacting trade and pinpoint the role of key trade and export financing liquidity sources, players and deal structures in facilitating business growth. Focused discussions will further explore innovative solutions promoting development throughout the trade value chain in areas such as infrastructure development and capex investment, commodities trade, manufacturing, agribusiness and trade digitisation.

“Market conditions have proven challenging in recent years for those tasked with financing West African trade”, says Peter Gubbins, GTR co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer. “Global geopolitical volatility, demanding trade compliance requirements and unpredictable financial regulation have hampered trade’s contribution to regional economies, however, we see bright spots on the horizon. 

Advancing regional integration with the Continental Free Trade Area, ongoing innovation in the trade and export finance sectors, and digitisation initiatives across both financial and industrial sectors are combining to promote more efficient, profitable trade in goods and services, and enhanced financing for the corporate and infrastructure sectors. We’re hugely excited to return to Lagos in February to showcase the opportunities emerging across West Africa.”

For corporates and trade financiers looking to make their next move, GTR West Africa provides the ideal platform to hear cutting-edge perspectives from a wide range of trade and export finance experts while offering the opportunity to network with the industry’s top players.

GTR West Africa will enjoy unrivalled support from local government organisations and public bodies, including Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce, ICC Nigeria, Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce and UK Export Finance to name a few as well as the world’s leading financial institutions.

Don’t miss your chance to join leading corporates and trade specialists for two days of discussion, debate and networking. Limited amount of complimentary corporate passes are available to those who are exporters, importers, manufacturers, distributors, traders & producers of physical goods only.

Press interested in attending this event should contact Tanya Naysmith, Marketing Assistant at [email protected] or +44(0)20 8772 3036. For more information, visit the GTR West Africa 2020 event page here.

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