LAGOS@50: INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
TOWARDS A SMART CITY
FOCUS AREA 1: TRANSPORTATION
TOPIC: The Present And The Future
“The reality about transportation is that it’s future-oriented. If we’re planning for what we have, we’re behind the curve”.
– Anthony Renard Foxx, (2014) United States Secretary of Transportation from 2013 to 2017.
Transportation is the most critical sector of our economy and it majorly drives the growth and development of a durable economy.
The Lagos @50 International Conference will review the present issues related to transportation, proffer solutions and focus on the unprecedented growth strategies for the transportation sector in Lagos State.
There is a paradigm shift towards a smart city by Lagos State through the establishment of sustainable structures and best practices in the transportation sector. The Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA), The Lagos Rail Mass Transit (LRMT) & Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Systems are testaments to this transition.
The Lagos State Government plans for an improved transport system includes:
- Developing a comprehensive Mass Rapid Transit systems covering the whole metropolitan area,
- Improving the waterways network in full integration with land-based BRT systems
- Providing road network efficiency
- Installing modern Intelligent Transport System (ITS)
All these plans and more will position Lagos state in the league of Smart Cities.
FOCUS AREA 2: INFORMATION & COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY (ICT)
TOPIC: Making Lagos the Technology Frontier of Africa
“Every City gets smarter because of technology…”
– World Economic Forum Davo (2015)
ICT is fundamental to economic development through business innovations, Emergence of New services & Industries, Direct Job Creation etc.
The Lagos@50 International Conference will evaluate and analyse innovative strategies that will resolve the state’s technological short-comings. Subject Matter Experts will discuss & recommend ideas on Making Lagos the Technology Frontier of Africa.
The Lagos State Government has shown its commitment to technology development through the establishment & execution of various initiatives like the Code Lagos initiative, Lagos Digital Library as well as myriad of other initiatives that will help position the state as a Smart City.
FOCUS AREA 3: LAW AND DEVELOPMENT
TOPIC: The Role of the Rule of Law in the Ease of doing Business
Business creation is one of the most trending topics in the country and many have tapped into this opportunity. The Lagos state government under the auspices of the present Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, created the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF) to help Small and Medium Size enterprises by providing financial support to residents of Lagos State for wealth creation and to tackle unemployment.
To maximize the benefits of the LSETF, the Lagos @50 international conference will be discussing on how the law enforcement agencies can create an easier way for upcoming and existing business owners to obtain proper business documentation for easy access to the scheme. This is with the aim to ensure economic development and reduce corruption.
Action plans such as legal and regulatory business framework will be reviewed in order to look into the issues encountered when doing business in Lagos. It is important for a conducive business environment for the courts to play their roles in interpretations of the rules of the market place while ensuring protection of economic rights. This will help fast-track the development of new business relationships. When investors are confident of the laws and procedures which exist to resolve disputes, there will be a significant improvement in international trade and foreign direct investment in the state. The legal system in a country affects its economic development and performance.
The Lagos state Government would take heed of the “Ease of Doing Business Report” of the World Bank by ascertaining the specific indicators underpinning each aspect of the rankings, identifying the global leaders in relation to each indicator and devising the means to properly and effectively replicate those success factors. The government will also ensure that its laws and regulations align with current economic realities in order to have an engaging business community.
FOCUS AREA 4: T.H.E.S.E. (Tourism, Hospitality, Entertainment, Sports for Excellence)
TOPIC: Unlocking the Potentials within the Creative and Sports Industries
This is not by any means accidental. The current administration in Lagos has from inauguration promoted entertainment and such related human enterprises through a well thought out program called T.H.E.S.E. – an acronym for Tourism, Hospitality, Entertainment and Sports for Excellence. With the prevailing economic climate in the country and in view of the numerous employment potentials of the industry, the pursuit of T.H.E.S.E. by the state government is a calculated investment.
T.H.E.S.E forms the core areas that attract tourists and visitors to various states. At the Lagos @50 International Conference, discussions will centre on unlocking the potentials of these sectors.
The goal is to make Lagos one of the preferred destinations in Africa for entertainment and tourism. One of the projects embarked upon is the upgrading of the Badagry tourism corridor. There are still many positive stories of Lagos that have not been told, now is the time to do so.