CiRED Nigeria: Inaugural Governing Council Meeting


Date: Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Venue: Baze University, Abuja  I  Time: 10:00 a.m.

H.E Arc Mohammed Namadi Sambo, FNIA, GCON, Chairman, CiRED Nigeria Governing Council






Dr Baba J Adamu has participated in the Canadian Trade Missions to Africa   - South Africa, Nigeria, and Senegal following the G-8 commitment towards Africa:

He also participated as a team-member of the former Canadian Prime Minister John Turner in the Ukraine Presidential Election with co-operation with the EU, and 2005 National Political Conference (Confab) in Nigeria:



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Executive Summary
This proposal is designed for the establishment of the Nigerian affiliate of the Centre for Innovations in Regional Economic Development (CIRED), a joint partnership between the Global Economic Institute (GEI) and a number of organizations in Canada and the United States.

CIRED is intended as a global centre of excellence that will help promote Local and Regional Economic Development (LRED) as a distinct and self-governing profession in Africa. The Centre’s mission is to promote economic development-focused research, evidence-based analysis, and training and development services to private, public and not-for-profit organizations. The Centre will offer a wide variety of flexible, economic development programs designed to help individuals and organizations build capacity.


CIRED is expected to operate independently, but have formal collaborative agreements with the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) in the areas of learning, development of networks, information sharing between organizations and members, policies, standards and programming. In particular, the Centre will collaborate with local, state, provincial and federal governments, chambers of commerce, universities, non-governmental organizations and a variety of other institutions across the world.

The host university, through the Centre, will become a hub for the Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) certification program in Nigeria. The CEcD certification is the industry gold standard for excellence in the economic development profession, and is expected to be awarded in conjunction with the IEDC.

In addition to promoting and professionalizing LED as a distinct and self-governing profession across the country, the Centre is expected to help raise the profile and reputation of the host university, locally and internationally; foster beneficial partnerships; attract fresh investments and funding; and build an influential crop of future alumni who could become strong supporters of the university in the future.

The faculty of CIRED will be drawn from an interdisciplinary array of leading economic development experts from a variety of sources within and outside Nigeria, and in particular, from Canada and the United States. Faculty selection will align with CIRED programs which will continually be improved to meet the evolving needs of the economic development profession.
In a bid to advance this initiative, GEI has committed substantial funds. In addition, GEI has sought and gained buy-in for funding and strategic partnerships with leading international development and private sector organizations, particularly in Canada, Europe and the United States. To ensure multiple funding streams, these will be complemented by a number of private sector funding sources.

Over time, the Centre is expected to expand and secure additional funding through internally generated revenues from training, consultancy and the CEcD certification program.
In consultation with funding partners, a detailed budget for the Centre will be projected alongside a five-year strategic plan. As part of the Charter for the Centre, and to ensure optimal functioning and productivity at all levels, the governance and organizational structure will comprise of a Governing Council and Management Team, in addition to a few highly distinguished patrons.

His Excellency Architect Namadi Sambo has agreed to chair the Governing Council. The other members of the Council and Management Team will be announced in due course.
The need for success in the near term is important in order to build serious momentum and attract positive attention on a greater scale. In order to achieve the objectives of this project, some important next steps have been identified.

A meeting between GEI Steering Committee members and representatives of Baze University has been proposed to take place in Abuja on November 7, 2018. It is expected that both parties will discuss, modify and approve the proposal at this meeting. The inaugural meeting of the CIRED Governing Council is also expected to hold during this time.

The President of IEDC, Jeff Finkle, will meet with the representatives of the various affiliates of CIRED Africa on the sidelines of the 2018 Annual Economic Summit1 of GEI on November 12, 2018 in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands. A key representative of the Nigerian affiliate of CIRED is expected to attend this meeting.




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