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Talking Trade Webinar – June 2022 Edition: “Export for Survival – the Role of the Commodity Exchange.”

Date: Saturday, June 4th 2022.

Time: 12 noon ET (US & Canada) 5 pm (West Africa Time)

  •  Guest Speaker:  Mohammed Ahmed Kontagora – President of the National Association of Shea Products of Nigeria (NASPAN)
  • Guest Contributory Speaker: Roland Oletu Oroh – founder of Rossland Group and MD of  Managing Director of Commodities Development Initiative (CDI)
  • Mr. Chris Echikwu – Managing Partner/CEO of Collus Commodities & Services Co. Limited

Moderator/Anchor: Lady Kay

Host/Convener : Olufemi  Boyede, CITP

This episode is a practical experience-sharing webinar; our guest speaker will be sharing perspectives from his wealth of experience as a practitioner in the Commodity Exchange for the export sector. Ahmed Kontagora will also be speaking on the crucial role the Commodity Exchange plays in value-added exports.

Guest Speaker Profile & Bio

Bio – Mohammed Ahmed Kontagora (F. ACSC), (MNIMN)

Mohammed A Kontagora is an administrator, commodity broker, value chain advisor and entrepreneur. His experience transverses both private and public sectors, where he has held various positions.
His previous positions, among others, include:

  • Secretary, Kontagora Local Government Council,
  • Pioneer Director-General of the Niger State Commodity and Export Promotion Agency
  • Pioneer Chairman of the Project Management Team for the CBN-ANCHOR BORROWERS Program in Niger State 2016-2018.

Kontagora holds MBA in Corporate Governance, MBA in Logistic and Supply chain Management, HND (SLT) Biochemistry, PGD Cooperative Studies and Certificate in computer science. He also has international certifications from various international institutions covering the shea butter, energy and other commodity markets.

He successfully established 4 Shea Processing Centers and 2 Groundnut Processing Centers.

In a consultancy capacity, he has organized various workshops, conferences and seminars on value chain development across commodities; in conjunction with the Nigeria Commodity Exchange, GIZ, USAID, JICA and UNDP and PZ Nigeria.

Kontagora is a member of numerous professional and trade associations; such as:

  • Niger State Chamber of Commerce,
  • National Shea Product Association of Nigeria (NASPAN),
  • National Institutes of Marketing of Nigeria (NIMN),
  • African center for supply chain (Fellow) (ASCSC) and Commodity Brokers Association of Nigeria (CBAN)
  • The Global Shea Alliance (Founding member)(GSA)
Kontagora

 Mohammed Ahmed Kotangora – President of the National Association of Shea Products of Nigeria (NASPAN)

    Current positions Mohammed Ahmed Kontagora hold include:
  • Chairman/CEO Shea-Agro Nig Ltd,
  • Board Chairman Community and Social Development Agency Niger State (a World Bank project)
  • Special Adviser (Honorary) on Agric Entrepreneurship to the Governor of Niger state.
  • President National Shea Products Association of Nigeria (NASPAN).
  • Board member of the Parklands Restoration Fund of the Global Shea Alliance (GSA)

Profile of Roland Oletu Oroh – Guest Contributory Speaker.

Roland is a business development practitioner specialising in agribusiness, trade, and investment facilitation. Roland has a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree and a Bachelor of Science (BSc)
degree in Business Administration. He has 25 years of combined experience in bilateral development assistance in trade capacity building, agribusiness development, and project management.
He worked for international development assistance projects and agencies, including the U.K. Department for International Development and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Roland is the founder of Rossland Group www.rosslandgroup.com, a diversified business development service provider for the agriculture and food sectors in Nigeria and Africa, offering H.R. solutions and recruitment services, market development, project development, franchise development and business and financial brokerage. He is also the founder of the “Nigeria Agribusiness Register” www.nigeriaagribusinessregister.com, a business register of Agri firms; agribusiness focused investment facilitation and financial brokerage project. He is the host of AgNet- a real-time business-networking platform where agribusiness projects find alternative capital and vice versa. 


Contact:
www.nigeriaagribusinessregister.com;
www.rosslandgroup.com
roroh@nigeriaagribusinessregister.com;
roroh@rosslandgroup.com;
roland@cdi.org.ng;
mobile: Nigeria: +234 816 835 9860 (WhatsApp);
UAE: +971 506 906 437

Roland is also the founder and Managing Director of the Commodities Development Initiative (CDI) www.cdi.org.ng – an emerging business development service provider and Project Management Company. CDI provides investment facilitation, value chain development, export development and private sector development services to the agriculture and light manufacturing sectors.
Roland is a firm believer in African entrepreneurship as a solution to the development challenges in the continent. In 2018, Roland was nominated to the Advisory Board of the Indian-based Asian-African Chamber of Commerce; in March 2020, he was selected to represent the chamber in Nigeria, North Africa and the Middle East while based in the UAE. He is also a Board member of the Doha based Qatar-Nigeria Business Council.

Profile Mr Christopher  Oche Echikwu –  Guest Contributory Speaker

Mr Chris Echikwu is Managing Partner/CEO of Collus Commodities & Services Co. Limited and is based in Abuja.
He has previously worked in Benue Cement Company and was a pioneer staff of the Abuja Stock Exchange, which commenced operations in 1999.
He recently disengaged from Nigeria Commodity Exchange, NCX, as General Manager for Corporate Communications and Strategy.
Mr Echikwu, who has attended various courses on Commodity Exchange operations in Nigeria, China, India, Uganda, South Africa and Kenya, is a member of several professional associations, including the Commodity Brokers Association of Nigeria, CBAN.

Mr Echikwu attended the University of Calabar and the University of Jos and held a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Benue state University.

About The Talking Trade Webinars

The Talking Trade with Femi Boyede Webinars has been set up to discuss, in a professional manner, all the angles related to the various issues that a firm, an individual, or a country can expect to confront as they design, implement or modify their strategic processes to manage global trade. It is a virtual platform for engaging discussions on international trade; its components, the values international trade offers to individuals, corporations, and countries, such as the reduction of poverty, creation of employment, increased corporate profitability and the growth of national economies, among others.

Expected Outputs and Outcomes

The outputs of the Trade Webinar series will include:
a. Webinar Report: A summary of key findings and policy recommendations distilled from each session, combinations of sessions, papers, and keynote speeches.

b. The proceedings of the webinars, incorporating relevant comments and feedback from peer review and webinar participants will be published after the episode or quarter.

c. Presentation of these findings and recommended solutions will be made to relevant governments agencies, ministries and parastatals as well as other identified stakeholders.

d. Our inhouse team will track results of the webinar series, and make updates available to subscribers and stakeholders.

The Moderator /Anchor

Kemi Amusan popularly known as Lady Kay is a linguist (French and English), an Editor, a Crisis Prevention Intervention Trainer and a community leader (leading several thousands of blacks) as the immediate past president of the Nigerian-Canadian Association in Greater Toronto Area, Canada. She currently works as an Assistant Registrar in a great university in the Caribbean. Lady Kay gives back to the community as the Senior Advocate of Global Women Ambassadors, Canada. In this role, she organizes programs to educate, elevate and facilitate many socio-cultural, entrepreneurship, immigration, educative, empowerment programs for families. Lady Kay is also the host of Agbajo Owo and Ask Lady Kay – the broadcasting arms of Global Women Ambassadors that seek to ‘build the community, one family at a time’. 

The Host /Convener

Olufemi Boyede, CITP has over thirty years of professional experience in international trade and strategy, policy advocacy and human capital development. He has broad expertise in trade and business environment improvement, regional integration frameworks, trade linkages, services exports, public-private dialogue and advocacy on non-oil exports and enterprise development issues.

He has a strong background in private sector management positions and consulting roles in the business, trade and logistics communities, and more recently has held numerous senior trade and export development positions in Nigeria’s public and private sectors. In addition to several Consultancy assignments with International Agencies including the World Bank, DFID, GIZ, USAID, the Commonwealth Secretariat and the International Trade Centre (ITC).
‘Femi’s 30 years of international trade expertise places him in a leveraged position to provide professional advice to worldwide with clients (both importers and exporters) helping them to successfully navigate the day to day complexities of the international trade industry. 

His passion to increase awareness and equip  international trade stakeholders forms the basis for these series of webinars.