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Sunday, May 21, 2023

Opportunities For Youths As Ekiti State Partners Knauf, Bosch for Massive Empowerment


To attract investment opportunities to the critical sectors, Ekiti State Government has unveiled the Invest In Ekiti (IinE) Brand at the just concluded Institutional Capital Forum (ICF) - 6th Sustainable Investor Summit (SIS 6) held in Frankfurt, Germany, on 16-17 May 2023.

The Ekiti brand assets showcased the IinE logo, Investor handbook, website and dedicated communication channels to enhance growth and development in four sectors; Agriculture & Food Production, Creative Industry, Tech & Innovation, Industrialisation & Infrastructure, and Education & Entrepreneurship.

To kick-start the development process, a delegation from Ekiti State visited the head offices of Knauf Group and Robert Bosch GMBH in Iphofen and Stuttgart, respectively, to discuss partnership opportunities in 'Human Capital Development', 'Youth Development and Job Creation', 'Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Housing.

KNAUF, founded in 1932, is one of the leading global producers of construction and building materials such as Gypsum Plasterboards (Fire Protection Board, Moisture Resistance Board, Standard Board/Noise reduction Acoustic Boards), Cement Boards, Mineral Fiber Acoustic Boards, Dry Mortars, various insulation materials, plaster of Paris, etc.

Knauf's top management was led by its Managing Director, Dr. Alexander Sch├╝tz and Chairman Knauf Nigeria, Mr Vincent Allard, whilst the Ekiti delegation included the Special Adviser to the Governor on Budget, Economic Planning and Performance Management, Mr Niyi Adebayo and Special Adviser to the Governor on Industry, Trade and Investment, Mrs Tayo Adeola. Areas covered during the visits included artisan training, capacity building and skill acquisition, and low-cost housing.

Bosch Africa's Director, Mr Joaquin Coso expressed the commitment of the company to add value to the state through education, training and empowerment that will equip the participants with contemporary skills and tools that will enhance effectiveness and efficiency, thereby creating jobs for youths and artisans.

Foluke Michael, the CEO of Caterina De' Medici, said that her organisation is committed to Ekiti's Growth Agenda, which aims at social, economic and environmental development across all sectors. She stated that the partnerships with Knauf, Bosch, and other development partners would contribute significantly to the formal and informal sectors towards the state's technological advancement and economic growth.

'Our organisation have created an Ekiti Model, which includes Skill Training to boost employability and Entrepreneurship, a Train-the-Trainer programme for project sustainability, Certification from Partner organisations (Knauf and Bosch), Pilot projects, and a long-term Plan to support the establishment of Innovation Centre to Boost Invention, Technology, Skills and Entrepreneurship', Foluke Added.

Caterina De' Medici Africa (CDMA) facilitated the participation of Ekiti State to the ICF-Sustainable Investors Summit and partnerships with German Organisations. CEO Foluke Michael and the Advisory Board Member Abiola Adelana led the Ekiti State delegation to Germany.

CDMA is driving ambitious goals towards Africa's Green Growth through partnerships, sustainable development, green economy and wealth creation.

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