8th EU Nigeria Business Forum

Eko Hotel & Suites, Lagos 30 June – 1 July 2022

Master of Ceremony: Dr Mark ABANI

Thursday, 30 June 2022

7:30-9:00- Registration

9:00- 9:45

Opening Remarks

  • Representative from the European Commission
  • Head of EU Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Ambassador Samuela Isopi
  • President, European Business Chamber (Eurocham), Mary Ojulari
  • Goodwill Messages

Keynote Speeches

  • Honourable Minister of State, Finance, Budget and National Planning, Prince Clem Agba
  • Governor of Lagos State, H.E. Babajide Sanwo-Olu


1st Session

Diversification through backward integration policy; the journey so far

New industries and new technologies are critical to Nigeria’s developmental ambitions and in this panel, discussants will make the case for developing and diversifying the economy in Nigeria. The panel will also include private sector companies involved in various stages of backward integration in Nigeria while identifying the elements that could attract potential investors.


  • Presentation: “Backward Integration Policy- Aims and Objectives” – Honourable Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Niyi Adebayo
  • Presentation: “Experiences from implementing backward integration in Nigeria”- Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele
  • Presentation: “The most modern farm in Africa” – Peder Petersen, Managing Director, Arla Nigeria
  • Presentation: “Backward Integration Project” – Ferdinand Mouko, Managing Director, Danone

Panel Discussion:

  • Honourable Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Niyi Adebayo
  • Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele
  • Representative of European Union
  • Managing Director, Country Cluster West Africa, BASF, Jean-Marc Ricca
  • Managing Director, Arla Nigeria, Peder Pedersen
  • Managing Director, Danone, Ferdinand Mouko

Moderator: Dr Mark Abani


Coffee Break/ VIP Walk-through - ‘World Café’ exhibition on EU companies operating in Nigeria

Presentation: “Opportunities for Gas Exports to Europe”

Dr Andrew S. Nevin, PhD – West Africa Financial Services Leader and Chief Economist, Nigeria Clients and Markets Leader, PwC, to introduce and moderate this session.


2nd Session

Harnessing Opportunities for Increased Gas Exports to Europe

Nigeria is the largest gas producer on the African continent and the 9th largest producer in the world accounting for about 3% of global reserves. Nigeria has proven gas reserves of 206 Tcf (Trillion Cubic Feet) and with more prospecting, this is estimated to be as much as 600 Tcf. The Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) was signed into law in 2021 but some concerns have been voiced about the attractiveness of the terms for gas investment. This panel will explore how Nigeria can ensure the right investment framework towards increasing exports particularly to Europe, in light of its objective to diversify its sources for gas imports. 

Panel Discussion:

  • Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mele Kyari
  • MD of TotalEnergies Exploration Upstream Companies and Country Chair of TotalEnergies Companies in Nigeria, Mike Sangster
  • Representative of European Commission Directorate General for Energy (DG ENER)
  • Representative of GALP, Diogo Franco
  • Managing Director Eni companies in Nigeria, Roberto Danele
  • Managing Director, Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG), Dr Philip Mshelbila
  • Chief Economic Adviser to the President, Dr Doyin Salami
  • Moderator: Andrew S. Nevin PhD


Working Lunch with Honourable Ministers, CBN Governor, GMD NNPC, EU Ambassadors, Representatives of the IOCs, and Panellists.


All attendees invited to visit the World Café’ exhibition on EU companies operating in Nigeria.

Friday, 1 July 2022


“Climate/Smart Agriculture – new development potential”

  • Keynote speech by Mr John Clarke, Director, European Commission Directorate General for Agriculture, “EU-Nigeria cooperation in Agriculture – what’s in it for both?”
  • Keynote speech by Dr Mohammad Abubakar, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development , “Nigeria’s agricultural sector – a new growth engine”

Official Launch of the “Green Economy” Team Europe Initiative (TEI)

The session will present contributions of the EU and the EU Member States’ participating in the TEI “Green Economy”. A TEI is when the EU and the EU Member States pull their budgets and projects together to achieve greater synergies and impact on the ground.

  • Ambassador Samuela Isopi of the EU to introduce, with goodwill messages from EU Member State Ambassadors (Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, and the EIB) – TEI Members.

Photo and press point (for high level participants in the opening session)

An official unveiling of the Initiative and a short photo op will conclude the panel. High-level panellists will leave the room for a press point and a walk through the exhibition showcasing selected EU projects and companies in the Nigerian agricultural sector.

The plenary session continues.

10:00 – 11:30

Down-to-earth Roundtable – working together on the ground

This session will showcase EU and EU Member States’ projects in the agricultural sector in Nigeria, ranging from the development of agricultural value chains, geographical indicators, or investment support to the private sector.

  • Ms Ana Vinambres, GIZ, Head of Nigeria Competitiveness Programme (EU-BMZ)
  • Mr Per Christensen, Embassy of Denmark, (Support to Fish and Dairy Value Chains)
  • Brian Udoh – Senior Policy Advisor Agriculture, Embassy of the Netherlands (Developing Nigerian Horticulture)
  • Dr Sonia Darracq, Embassy of France (Supporting efficient agriculture ecosystem)
  • Ms Monique Bagal, AfrIPI Project, EU Intellectual Property Office (Geographical Indications in Nigeria)
  • Mr Bart Coenegrachts, Investment Officer, AgriFI, European Development Finance Institutions Management Company
  • Ms Ifeyinwa Ugochukwu, CEO Tony Elumelu Foundation
  • Moderator: Mr Emmanuel Ijewere, CEO, Best Foods Global Ltd


Coffee break and possibility to visit the exhibition showcasing selected EU projects in the agricultural sector.


Unveiling “EU-Nigeria Agri-business Platform”

  • Presentation of the Concept of the “EU-Nigeria Agri-platform”, Mr Olayinka Idowu Kareem, Team Leader

Stakeholder panel “Doing agri-business” Forging closer EU-Nigeria agri-business relations

As agreed at the EU-Nigeria Ministerial Conference of November 2020, the EU has supported Nigerian and European stakeholders from the public and private sector in designing a cooperation platform in the agricultural sector. While the concept of the Platform will be presented to the broader public for the first time, its key stakeholders will come together in this session to discuss their expectations from the Platform and the way ahead.

  • Mr Ibrahim Bello, Director Planning and Policy Coordination, Ministry of Agriculture
  • Mr Roland Oroh, CEO, Agri-business Register
  • Mrs Samirah Ade-Adebiyi, Managing Director, AFEX
  • Mr Kola Masha, Managing Director, Babban Gona
  • Mr Simon Melchior, Vice-Chair, EuroCham


Closing Remarks

EU Ambassador Samuela Isopi to make closing remarks, followed by lunch for all participants.

The exhibition showcasing selected EU projects in the agricultural sector remains open and available throughout the day.