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The era when Cross River was referred to as a civil service state is over as government has put in place necessary machinery to drive its economy and create wealth.
Governor Liyel Imoke disclosed this during a welcome cocktail preceding the 2013 edition of the Africa CEO Roundtable and Conference on Corporate sustainability and responsibility (AR-CSR), which the state is hosting for the second time.
Imoke said the hitherto status of the state has been repositioned to a service driven economy, which strongly believes in partnering the private sector to create jobs and become one of the fastest growing economies.
The governor explained that partnership with the private sector, which the conference provides, will enable the state showcase its potentials and resources with the view of attracting more private investors thereby becoming a business hub of Nigeria.
He hoped the short stay of the resource persons and delegates at the conference would be rewarding and fruitful.
Special Adviser Investment Promotion, Mr. Gerald Ada, said the state was proud to partner Thistle-Praxis consulting firm to organize the conference which would enable it display its potentials to attract both local and international investors.
According to him, the occasion afforded an interaction session between the state government and the delegates with the view of creating awareness to enable it achieve its transformation program.
Ada noted that it is the vision of the state to turn Cross River into Africa’s preferred investment destination as there is strong effort to also make it the most preferred business hub in West Africa as currently there has been heavy entry of foreign investment into the state.
The Special Adviser, whose address was backed by a multimedia presentation on “Investing in Cross River State”, said the state has established a conducive economic climate to attract investment and therefore urged participants to take advantage of the opportunity.
Managing Director of Thistle-Praxis Consulting, Ini Onuk, in a welcome address, thanked the state Government for its cooperation and said the conference was by Diamond Bank and Shell Nigeria.
According to Onuk, “the third edition of the industry flagship remains the all-inclusive CSR and Sustainability, management event of the year and the first of its kind in Africa with a theme “Driving Innovation through Transformational Leadership and Sustainability”.
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