FIRSTBANK LEADS COLLABORATIVE EFFORTS FOR SUSTAINABLE INTEREST IN AGRICULTURE
As part of its commitment to support agric businesses across the value chain and to play its enabling role in the nation’s drive for economic diversification through agriculture, First Bank Nigeria Limited, Nigeria’s Most Valuable Bank Brand will hold an inaugural agric expo on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 in Lagos. The Expo is organised under the theme “Reinventing Agriculture for sustainable national development” and will hold at the Eko Hotels & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos from 8am.
The expo is geared at leading a national discourse on a sustainable agriculture value-chain as an alternative source of economic development and foreign exchange earners. Top key policy influencers, agriculture service providers, primary producers, exporters and key players in the agric value chain are attending the expo. The Honorable Minister of Agriculture and Rural development, Mr. Audu Ogbe and Honorable Minister for Trade & Investments, Dr. Okechukwu Enelamah are special guests of honour at the expo and they will be delivering goodwill addresses at the event. The event will also feature a plenary session on the topic “Driving sustainable growth through Agriculture”. The Honorable Minister of Agriculture and Rural development, Mr. Audu Ogbe is expected to officially declare the expo open and lead other dignitaries on a tour of the exhibition booths.
MD/CEO First Bank of Nigeria Limited and Subsidiaries, Dr. Adesola Adeduntan stated that “As a nation builder and key enabler of economic growth, FirstBank is leading the discourse on revitalizing the nation’s agriculture sector and creating value for the agric value chain in alignment with its core strategy of galvanizing thoughts towards rejuvenating the agric business through resourceful diversification that will stimulate sustainable development for both the business and the economy. This maiden expo is in demonstration of our continued commitment to finance agric. businesses across the value chain as a foremost Agric-friendly Bank of repute.
“We will continue to lead initiatives that support the nation’s vision to work with key stakeholders in building an agribusiness economy capable of delivering sustained prosperity through meeting domestic food security goals, generating exports, and supporting sustainable income and job growth”, He added.
The Expo will also feature four master classes aimed at providing in-depth exposition on specific areas of Agricultural business. The classes will be facilitated by enterprising subject matter experts who will share their success stories and experiences in that business segment. The four master classes shall be Commodity Export – Opportunities & Challenges; Commodity Export – Opportunities & Challenges; Agro Processing; and Agro Storage Management.
First Bank of Nigeria Limited (FirstBank) is Nigeria’s premier and most valuable banking brand, and largest financial services institution by total assets and gross earnings. With more than 12 million customer accounts, FirstBank has over 750 branches providing a comprehensive range of retail and corporate financial services. The Bank has international presence through its subsidiaries, FBN Bank (UK) Limited in London and Paris, FBNBank in the Republic of Congo, Ghana, The Gambia, Guinea, Sierra-Leone and Senegal, as well as its Representative Offices in Johannesburg, Beijing and Abu Dhabi.
Since its establishment in 1894, FirstBank has consistently built relationships with customers focusing on the fundamentals of good corporate governance, strong liquidity, optimized risk management and leadership. Over the years, the Bank has led the financing of private investment in infrastructure development in the Nigerian economy by playing key roles in the Federal Government’s privatisation and commercialisation schemes. With its global reach, FirstBank provides prospective investors wishing to explore the vast business opportunities that are available in Nigeria, an internationally competitive world-class brand and a credible financial partner.
FirstBank has been named “Most Valuable Bank Brand in Nigeria” six times in a row – 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 – by the globally renowned “The Banker Magazine” of the Financial Times Group; and “Most Innovative Bank in Africa” in the EMEA Finance African Banking Awards 2014. Recently, for the fifth consecutive time, the Bank clinched the “Best Retail Bank in Nigeria” award by The Asian Banker. Our brand purpose is to always put customers, partners and stakeholders at the heart of our business, even as we standardise customer experience and excellence in financial solutions across sub-Saharan Africa, in consonance with our brand vision “To be the partner of first choice in building your future”. Our brand promise is to always deliver the ultimate “gold standard” of value and excellence. This commitment is anchored on our inherent values of passion, partnership and people, to position You First in every respect.