by crossriverwatch admin
The Tinapa Business Resort, Calabar, Cross River State, will play host to the fourth edition of the Africa CEO Roundtable and Conference on Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility (AR-CRS), a landmark event that dwells on African continent’s business calendar.
Scheduled to hold from June 19-20, the idea behind the event, organizers said, was envisioned to bridge the gap since there was and still no other platform across Africa that is focused on the engagement of the private, public and non-profit sectors on issues of sustainable development.
This year’s edition, the Lead Consultant/Chief Executive Officer of ThistlePraxis and Convener of the event, Mrs. Ini Onuk, said will focus on discussing the real impact and interplay of financial inclusion.
She said the 2014 edition, which has the theme, ‘The Intersection: Financial Inclusion, Economic Sustainability & Social Benefit“, will feature Vice President & Africa Regional Head, Accion, Brian Kuwik, as Lead Discussant amongst other business leaders and professionals who include: Dr. Alex Otti, GMD/CEO, Diamond Bank Plc; Dr. William Derban, Director, PMO & Financial Inclusion; Fidelity Bank Ghana.
Others will include: Hajara Adeola, CEO, Lotus Capital; Henrietta Onwuegbuzie, Project Director, Impact Investing Policy Initiative, Lagos Business School; Monaem Ben Lellahom Co-Founder – Head of Advisory Services Sustainable Square Consultancy & Think Tank; Duncan Onyango, Director, Acumen Fund East Africa; Reana Rossouw, Founder & Owner, Next Generation Consultants; and Prateek Shrivastava, Co-Founder, Beyond Branches International amongst many others.
Onuk revealed further that for the past two years, the Cross River State Government has hosted the event, adding, “that is the safest state in the country confirmed by many security agencies. That is not to say we do not take security measures with our journey management and handling requirements. Till date, we have never had a security breach or attempt and we are thankful to our security partners for ensuring this.“
She said further that, “We have observed that financial inclusion has been very relevant since the start of the year especially with the baton exchange at the Apex Bank of Africa’s biggest economy. However, most of these events border on financial inclusion just as a financial sector issue. We are espousing the concept of financial inclusion as a sustainable development issue.
“One that plays a tripartite role and diffuses into every sector of any economy. We will look at the model of Islamic Banking as a tool for financial inclusion; we will consider impact investing and its place in facilitating social benefits. Some of the other topics include: CSR and Financial Performance; Tax Green washing and the Role of the Stock Exchange in driving economic sustainability.“
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