Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will declare open Nordic Nigeria Connect tagged “Innovating for Change” tomorrow.
The event which will hold at Radisson Blu, Victoria Island, Lagos, will see the Nordic Embassies in Nigeria – Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark collaborating on the second edition of the programme.
Nordic-Nigeria Connect is a unique opportunity for partnership between Nordic and Nigerian actors to innovate for change with the target groups and beneficiaries being Nordic and Nigerian companies, investors, government representatives and other interested organisations.
More than 30 Nordic companies from several sectors, including education, transport and energy, are expected to participate in the event.
Nigeria is gradually emerging as a hotbed of innovations cutting across financial services, agriculture, hospitality and entertainment.
With an increasing effort by the present government to diversify the Nigerian economy, create jobs, rural and inclusive development requires innovative solutions.
The power of collaboration and co-creation is key. Nordic-Nigeria Connect seeks to combine the ideas and solutions from the Nordic countries and Nigeria, with participation by companies, innovation hubs and financing instruments during the two-day event.
At the event. best innovative practices in Nigeria and in Nordic countries is expected to be shared.
Thematic sessions will focus on Innovation and Learning, Transportation, Oil and Gas, Renewable Energy, as well as Access to Finance from Nordic financing solutions.
Part of the programme is the evening programs showcasing innovation within fashion and music.
Finnish fashion designer Marita Huurinainen and Swedish music artistes, Sabina Ddumba and Kim Cesarion will collaborate with Nigerian talents in open sessions on Wednesday and Thursday evening respectively.
The evening sessions are open to the public and will also hold at the same venue.