CSR-in-Action (CiA) organisers of the forthcoming Sustainability in the Extractive Industries (SITEI) 2014 Conference has restated its readiness to host a successful event that would have lasting impacts on the sector through creating new windows of opportunities for qualified Nigerian professionals and entrepreneurs willing to fully explore the industries.
Speaking at a pre-event conference held at the Centre for Values in Leadership (CVL), Lagos, CiA Executive Director, Bekeme Masade stated that the SITEI Conference this year has been carefully planned to be all-inclusive, with particular focus on the youths. She explained that as part of efforts to serve this purpose, CiA has organised an essay and logo design competition to encourage youth participation youths in the conference and by implication become more active in the extractive industries. Competition winners will receive brand new laptops, and an exclusive opportunity to address conference participants, she announced.
On the choice of the theme for the conference, “Local Content Participation, Accountability and Transparency,” Masade said the subject was selected because it has recently become a recurring and relevant topic of discourse in the extractive industries.
She said discussions at this year’s event is aimed at addressing current challenges concerning local content inclusion and promoting accountability and transparency measures. She said the conference will include several workshop sessions with a view to promoting long term unity and development, by stimulating a meaningful exchange of ideas and best practices among key stakeholder groups and industry experts, so as to identify effective strategies for improved development within the industries and local communities. She explained that the workshops are intended to draw out pressing challenges and solutions which will culminate in the formation a stakeholder group aimed at implementing solutions at the conference.