At a brief ceremony held recently, Mr. Kayode Falowo, the Group Managing Director, Greenwich Trust Limited, was installed as the 16th President of the Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce (NBCC).
In his remarks, Falowo, who until recently was Deputy President of the Chamber, set the tone for the agenda of the organization over the next two years. He noted that “it is our desire to position the Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce as the premier bilateral Chamber in Nigeria.”
The New Agenda
To achieve this objective, the Chamber’s new President, outlined several key initiatives which would include the following:
- Completion/commissioning of the NBCC Plaza and dedication of a facility to host the British Trade Center within the Plaza premises;
- Enhancing trade relationships between Nigeria and the United Kingdom;
- Establishment and Launching of a Nigerian Trade Center in the UK;
- Revamp and broaden the activities of the chamber to attract market-leading Nigerian and British companies;
- To provide a closer interaction and an access to Nigerians who desire to do business with UK companies;
- Actively promote a high-level participation in the Outward and Inward Trade mission activities to further position NBCC as the leader in the Chamber movement.
A Time for Optimism
Falowo noted that with the current slow state of affairs in the global economy, Nigeria inclusive, the Chambers was under no illusion about the tough agenda it had set, but he was optimistic that with determination and the zeal members had shown in the past, the set goals will be met.
Falowo said “As you all know, a good plan is as good as the ability to implement it. Therefore, I appeal to all members to join in the effort of repositioning NBCC as the reference institution for bilateral trade”.
The Chamber was established in 1997 and currently has about 350 members in different sectors of the Nigerian economy.