Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said the government is committed to the issue of corporate governance in both the public and private sectors of the economy. He told the annual conference of the African Public Relations Association (APRA) tagged “Public Relations and Corporate Governance’’ on Tuesday in Abuja that the theme and sub-theme of the conference had dealt extensively with issues of comparative analysis of corporate governance in Africa.
In a speech delivered on his behalf by the Minister of Information, Professor Dora Akunyili, he said that the Nigerian government would continue to ensure the proper establishment and inauguration of enduring legacies for Nigerians.
“The Federal government wishes to assure APRA of its continued interest in ensuring the proper establishment and inauguration of the enduring legacies it has planned for Nigeria.’’
He noted that the global economic meltdown was an issue that all governments should take seriously.
Earlier, the APRA President, Mrs. Kate Bapela, said APRA was vigorously pursuing the vision of being a significant continental body, adding that as an African daughter, she would diligently follow efforts that were geared to better the lots of the continent.
The 2010 conference, which is the 23rd edition, is being attended by more than 300 participants from Ghana, Uganda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Kenya, The Gambia, Zimbabwe, Zambia and the host country, Nigeria.
Sub-Themes of the Conference
In order for the conference to have a holistic approach in the presentations and discussions, speakers would consider the sub-themes as comprehensively as is possible.
Principles and practice of corporate governance in Africa – country experiences
Corporate governance in business organisations
Oil & Gas sector
Banking & Finance
Corporate governance and social-economic development in Africa
Corporate governance in the public service, executive, legislature, judiciary, armed forces, police, paramilitary…
Legislative and legal perspectives of corporate governance
Communicating the message of corporate governance to all stakeholders
Evaluating the success factor in corporate governance
TUESDAY, MAY 18:
Official Opening by Mr. President. Keynote Address – A Head of State or an International Elder Statesman.
Goodwill Messages/Addresses Chairman African Union/ECOWAS Leaders
Reception hosted by Minister of Federal Capital Territory
WEDNESDAY, MAY 19
Break-Out Sessions ( based on the papers presented)
Presentation of Group Reports
Annual General Meeting/Business Session
Award Gala Night
THURSDAY, MAY 20
Rapporteur General’s Report & Communiqué
Visits to tour sites and general entertainment
FRIDAY, MAY 21
Public Relations Associations (International, Continental, Regional …)
International Public Relations Association (IPRA)
Global Alliance for Management and Communication
The World Bank
African Development Bank (ADB)
New Partnership for Africa Development (NEPAD)
Africa Peer Review Mechanism (APRM)
Corporate Bodies in Oil & Gas, Telecommunications, multi national corporations, Financial institutions, manufacturers and others Government agencies – public service, armed forces, legislature, judiciary, Non-governmental organisation, Civil Society Groups, Labour and Pressure Groups International Organisations and Multilateral Development Agencies, Media organisations and the General Public.
Nigeria Television Authority
African Independent Television
Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria
Ray Power FM