5 Policy Influencers


Thursday, July 05, 2018


Transcorp Hilton, Abuja


Strictly By Invitation

About / FATE Annual Policy Dialogue Series

The Annual Policy Dialogue Series on Entrepreneurship programme by FATE Foundation is a platform that brings together policy stakeholders and stakeholders within the Nigerian Entrepreneurship space across public, private and development sectors to discuss research findings on key entrepreneurship issues that impact entrepreneurs directly. The conversations are geared towards providing implementable solutions and usually end with key agreements developed which serve as basis for advocacy activities for the year.

Since expanding its strategic focus to include Research & Policy around entrepreneurship in Nigeria in 2015, FATE Foundation has utilized the 3-pronged approach of Research-Policy Dialogue-Policy Advocacy to drive conversations around key thematic areas impacting Nigerian entrepreneurs e.g. taxation. A lot of the policy changes being experienced within the Nigerian entrepreneurship space today such as the tax amnesty window that was granted to entrepreneurs by the Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) in 2017, the review and publication of the National tax policy in 2017, the implementation of the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration (VAIDS) programme in 2017/2018, the review of the Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA) in 2018 etc are results of concerted policy advocacy efforts by FATE Foundation and other MSME stakeholders towards building an enabling environment for businesses to start, grow and scale.

This year, our strategic focus at FATE Foundation is on Financial Literacy and in line with our focus, our research report will look at “How to Better Enable Financial Literacy Knowledge for Nigerian MSMEs”. The report will also provide background context for the deliberations at the 2018 policy dialogue with the theme ‘’Building Sustainable Businesses: The Case for Deepening Financial Literacy’’.

We chose this focus area because from research and from our experience with entrepreneurs, we see that many entrepreneurs, particularly micro, small and medium entrepreneurs in Nigeria struggle with financial literacy education which embodies having the right financial data, insight  and  knowledge  to  start, grow and scale sustainable businesses.

The Policy dialogue this year will therefore focus on deliberating on strategies that can be adopted and implemented to guide financial literacy learning and yield sustainable outcomes. The speakers this year have also been carefully drawn from the financial literacy space in Nigeria and they will help drive the conversations at the dialogue. We expect about 150 Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) stakeholders in attendance and key agreements developed at the end of the dialogue session will set the tone for FATE’s policy advocacy initiatives around financial literacy for the 2018/2019 year.

Our Confirmed Speakers

Programme Schedule



 Guest Arrival & Registration


Welcome Address

by Adenike Adeyemi, Executive Director, FATE Foundation


Context Setting

  • Keynote address by Keynote speaker


Panel Dialogue Discussion

Arabi Muhammed Tukur ,
(Managing Director/CEO Abuja Enterprise Agency (AEE))

Temitope Akin-Fadeyi,

(Head, Financial Inclusion Secretariat, Central Bank of Nigeria)

Simi Nwogugu,
(Executive Director, Junior Achievement Nigeria (JAN))

Modupe ladipo,
(Fmr. Chairman Enhancing Financial Innovation and Access (EFInA))

Tom Isibor,
(Country Head, ACCA Nigeria)


 Interactive Session

  • Question and Answer Session with the audience
  • Summary of key topical areas and agreements


 Closing Remarks

Highlight FATE’s plans going forward with the outcome of the Policy Dialogue and formally close the programme

Media Centre / pictures from 2017 Edition

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