Extractive360 Founder, Juliet Ukanwosu, To Speak At 2024 African Natural Resources & Energy Investment Summit

Juliet Ukanwosu, founder, extractive360

By Stephanie Odiase

The Founder of Extractive360, Mrs Juliet Ukanwosu, is scheduled to speak at the 2024 edition of the African Natural Resources & Energy Investment Summit (AFNIS) 2024.

This year’s Summit scheduled to hold from 16th to 18th July, 2024, at the State House Conference Centre, Presidential Villa, Abuja, is under the theme “Natural Resources for Economic Development.”

Nigeria’s President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is expected to declare the Summit open, and would give a presidential address on day two of the event.

Other listed speakers and dignitaries include the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Nigeria; Minister of Environment, Nigeria; Minister of State for Oil (Petroleum Resources), Nigeria; Minister of Energy and Mineral Development, Uganda; Minister of Mining, Malawi; Minister of Mines and Minerals, Sierra Leone; Minister of Mining, South Sudan; Minister of Mines and Minerals Development, Zambia and the Minister of Hydraulic, Energy and Mines, Republic of Burundi.

Ukanwosu will be speaking on day two of the Summit at a Panel with the topic “Extractive Industries and Community Development.” The session which will be moderated by Felicia Dairo, Project Manager, Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development, also has Madhurii Sarkar-Amoda, Community Development & Stakeholder Manager, Segilola Resources; Faith Nwadishi, Executive Director, Centre for Transparency Advocacy and Dr. Margaret Fagboyo, Director of Development, African Centre for Leadership, Strategy & Development, as speakers.

The Panel will explore how the extractive industries, when implemented correctly, can economically uplift host communities and contribute to meeting Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) targets.

It will further present case studies and best practices that showcase successful models of community development linked to extractive industries and highlight the potential of the extractive sector in fostering community growth, transparency, and sustainability.

According to the organisers, the 2024 AFNIS represents a significant milestone in the quest for economic development and the industrialisation of Africa by harnessing her natural resources in a sustainable manner.

A note by Fatima Wabi Al-Hussaini, Research, Media and Speaker Engagement Executive, AFNIS, explained that the Summit is a pivotal platform initiated by core international and the Federal Government of Nigeria that unites government officials, private sector, and industry experts with a shared objective – Utilizing Africa’s natural resources to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the development of cleaner, accessible, and reliable energy sources.

“AFNIS 2024, under the theme ‘Natural Resources for Economic Development’ places a paramount focus on how Africa’s natural resources can fuel economic prosperity, empower marginalized communities, and utilizing fossil fuel revenues to fund transition plans and usher in a greener Africa,” she said.

She added that economic growth and prosperity are indispensable elements in achieving SDGs, transition goals and mitigating climate change challenges faced by communities across Africa.

Extractives360 reports that in its 3rd edition, AFNIS2024 will bring together governments and industry leaders to advocate for African nations to leverage their abundant natural resources to foster economic growth, combat climate change, and alleviate poverty within the continent.


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