By; FUNMI ADERINTO, Kaduna
The Kaduna State Government has said that its investment drive and reforms, which were launched in 2015, have attracted actual investments and pledges, worth over $4.3 billion within the last six years.
Executive Secretary of Kaduna Investment Promotion Agency (KADIPA), Malam Khalil Nur Khalil, said this at a press briefing on Wednesday, ahead of the 7th edition of Kaduna Economic and Investment Summit (KadinVest 7.0), which starts on Thursday next week.
The Executive Secretary that the KADInvest which has been an annual event since 2016, has been an important platform in Kaduna State’s investment drive.
According to him, the successful wooing of the private sector has continued even in the face of challenges like a national slow down in economic activities, the impact of COVID-19 and serious security challenges in parts of the state.
Malam Khalil announced that KADInvest 7.0, which will hold from October 13 to 15, 2022, with the theme, ‘’Building a Resilient Economy,’’ will be attended by several domestic and foreign companies.
He recalled that Kaduna State Government has attracted many notable companies since 2016, notably, Olam Feeds and Hatchery Mill, Mahindra Tractors Assembly Plant, OCP Fertilizer and Dangote Peugeot Automobiles.
The Executive Secretary also listed the African Natural Resources and Mines Limited, and Tomato Jos, an agro-processing company which produces high-quality tomato paste, as some of the companies that KADIPA has attracted to Kaduna state.
The Executive Secretary noted that, “even with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the world, with economic activities slowing down considerably, Kaduna State since 2021, managed to attract over $900 million worth of actualized investments”.
Khalil pointed out that the investments are both Domestic Direct Investment (DDI) and Foreign Direct Investments (FDIs), like Zipline, a company delivering medical supplies to hard-to-reach places using drones.’’
Malam Khalil recalled that KadInvest’s 2016 inaugural summit was themed, ‘’Kaduna is Open for Business,’’ adding that ‘’the summit has continued to hold unfailingly since then, with the theme changing to reflect the progress recorded.’’
He recalled that in 2017, the theme was ‘’Making Kaduna the Investment Destination of Choice,’’ in 2018 the theme was ‘‘Partnership for Development’’ and in 2019, it was ‘‘Expanding Investment Frontiers,’’
‘’In 2020, the theme was ‘Infrastructure, Industrialization and Innovation,’ in 2021 ‘Towards a Sustainable Knowledge-based Economy’ and now in 2022 ‘Building a Resilient Economy,’’ he said.
The Executive Secretary disclosed that the KadInvest 7.0 ‘’will run for three days and will be highly interactive, consisting of a pre-summit event and main summit with presentations that will highlight Kaduna state’s progress in line with the theme.’’
‘’The pre-summit will be the Kaduna Business Expo, which will hold on October 13th at the Kaduna Centenary Park, promises to be an immersive experience.
‘’The expo will cover the technology, agriculture, infrastructure and the solid minerals sector. Part of the objectives of the expo is to get young people invested in agriculture, market the opportunities in the Kaduna solid mineral sector, and to understand policy initiatives to promote technology as part of the Kaduna State Development Plan (2021 – 2025),’’ he added.
Khalil further said that, ‘’after the Business Expo, on the 14th of October, His Excellency will commission a number of projects across the state, to set the mood for the summit. Amongst the notable speakers expected include HRH Muhammad Sanusi II amongst others. ‘’
According him, the main summit which is scheduled for the last day of the 3-day event on the 15th October, will be a hybrid event with both virtual and physical attendance.