The Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce (NACC) has concluded plans to host the 2018 session of the independence investment forum (TIIF), a forum aimed at attracting long term investments into agriculture, energy including oil and gas, mining and commodities across the globe.

President of the Chamber, Oluwatoyin Akomolafe who gave this hint in Lagos, said the gathering would also offer a platform for discussing investment needs and goals without the need for investors to travel to various locations in Nigeria to see projects or for Nigerian companies seeking investments to travel to multiple countries to pitch to investors.

The investment forum which is scheduled to hold on the Nigeria’s Independence Day, according to him seeks to advance economic cooperation between Nigeria and the United States through promotion of business and services that would improve trade relations and wealth of both nations.

The NACC he said had grown into an active organisation standing as a pillar of the relationship between the United States of America and Nigeria, and serving as an important catalyst in bringing together people and ideals to strengthen bilateral commercial relations between the two countries.

He maintained the Chamber had facilitated business-to-business relationships and advanced economic cooperation between Nigeria and the United States through promotion of business and services that improve trade relations and prosperity of both nations; providing programmes and services that would improve economic prosperity and sustainability of businesses.

“The focus of TIIF upon registration is pivotal as we have created a structure to drive maximum impact in the business space,” he stated.

The independence forum is an annual event jointly hosted by the Chamber and Footprint to Africa and supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy of the United States, Nigeria.

According to him, interested companies, stakeholders and individuals will be able to register to attend the conference adding it will feature dedicated networking sessions, market knowledge sharing, investment pitches, access to expert insight on local and foreign markets among others.

The General Manager, Footprint to Africa, Kelechi Chukwu said the two parties came together to conceptualise the idea and have a forum that would support investments and investment corporation between Nigerian entrepreneurs and foreign investors looking into the market.