Saudi Crown Prince, Bello, NNPC boss and others win Africa industrial development award
Misk Foundation Founder and Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, has been nominated for the prestigious Africa Industry and Development Conference and Awards as Reform Leader of the Year 2022 for his inspirational leadership .
According to the organizer, the crown prince possesses an extraordinary charisma which is rare among world leaders, he created the Misk Foundation in 2011, a platform targeting more than 300,000 entrepreneurs to support them in the development of their startups from 185 countries, and he has an integrity of opinion that has earned him the respect and appreciation of the world.
Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Malam Mele Kyari, and Executive Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, are also penciled in for the prestigious global awards for service to the continent and to humanity.
The two-day event, conference and gala evening is organized by Dotmount Communications, in partnership with Yahoo Finance and the Associated Press (AP), with the support of The Times of Jerusalem and CNN and has the theme: ” Driving Innovation and Enabling Transformation in the Digital Economy” and seeks to have a discussion based on critical and empirical solutions around the potentials and realities of the African digital economy.
A statement signed by conference director Aisha Salisu said yesterday: “The awards would recognize, reward and celebrate organizations, institutions and individuals who contribute to innovation, progressive and inspiring change in good governance, growth and development of the sector and the general economy in Africa.
During the conference, the former President of Ghana, John Mahama, will deliver a keynote address at the event to be held on 8-9 September 2022 at Fraser Suites and Transcorp Hilton Hotels, Abuja, Nigeria.
NNPC boss to be honored for his visionary approach to the oil and gas industry, demonstrating strategic thinking and innovative leadership in driving the growth of Nigeria’s business and the oil and gas industry at large.
The phenomenal success of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) can be attributed to its strategic management and leadership. He has long been known as an industry pioneer, contributing to Nigeria’s sustainable growth and leaving an impact in the country and beyond.
While Governor Yahaya Bello will be recognized for his massive infrastructure projects which have led to development, social growth and economic prosperity in Kogi State.
Others honored include BUA Foundation, Nigeria-based oil tycoon Mohammed Indimi, Abuja-based businessman Dr. Ibrahim Bello Dauda, Nasarawa State Governor Abdullahi Sule, Governor of Lagos State Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Governor of Akwa State Ibom Udom Emmanuel, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy of Nigeria Isa Pantami, Founder of Mallpai Foundation, Hajiya Aisha Atiku Bagudu, Founder of the Akarachi Foundation, Akarachi Amadi and Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Architects (NIA) and wife of the former Governor of Benue State Arch. Yemisi Suswam among other eminent personalities who will be awarded during the ceremony.
Speaking further, the event director said that the 2022 edition will bring together national and global policymakers, business leaders, financial experts, development partners and sector regulators who will lead and participate in sessions focused on promoting trade and market openness in the digital economy in Africa. .
He said the main objective of the conference is to provide opportunities to discuss and address topics that span the latest advances in artificial intelligence and related innovations that are pushing the frontiers of the digital revolution.
Much has been said about the potential of the digital economy in Africa, but predictions and proclamations are often made in the absence of evidence.
“In recent years, policy makers have predicted that the rapid evolution of connectivity in Africa will lead to radical changes in human well-being and economic development. We therefore see the need to foster a critical and empirically grounded discussion of the potentials and realities of African digital economies,” the statement read.
According to him, the conference provides an opportunity to continue conversations and networking around the shared values of progress, development and advancement for the African continent.