Kuramo 2010: Lagos Hosts World Knowledge Vendors
As the maiden edition of the biennial conference on law and development, tagged Kuramo Conference 2010, begins tomorrow in Lagos, Nigeria, expectations are high that issues bordering on recovery of stolen wealth by corrupt officials, identified as critical factors hampering the growth of many developing economies , will among other issues, receive adequate attention. OLAOLU OLUSINA writes
The maiden edition of the conference on law and development, tagged Kuramo Conference 2010, kicks off in Nigeria’s commercial nerve centre, Lagos, in few hours. The three-day conference, an initiative of the Lagos State Government in collaboration with the private sector, was conceived as a biennial event.
The conference aims to identify and examine, among other critical subjects, emerging concepts and new developments in contemporary issues in criminal jurisdiction, economic and social rights especially as it concerns unbridled corruption among African leaders.
Other issues to be discussed at the conference include international arrest warrants, mutual legal assistance and improving access to social and economic rights in Africa.
Expected to be chaired by the Chairman, Independent Corrupt Practices Commission of Nigeria (ICPC), Justice Emmanuel Ayoola (rtd), with the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, as the convener, the conference is expected to host about 3,000 delegates from 25 countries .
Instituted as a platform for capturing firm recommendations on the efficacy of current development-related laws as well as proposing alternative options, the conference was also envisaged as an international summit of multidisciplinary experts and knowledge vendors, drawn from business, finance, energy and the environment. It is an important event for those interested in the confluence of policy advocacy and development as it impacts the international community at large and the African continent in particular.
Chairman, Organising Committee of Kuramo Conference 2010, Mr. Olasupo Shasore, SAN, who is also the Lagos State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice , is highly optimistic about the conference. He said in a statement that the maiden edition will explore emerging concepts and practices relating to policy development and advocacy.
“The maiden edition of the Kuramo Conference is particularly important in that it has been designed to capture firm recommendations on the efficacy of current development-related issues as well as proposed alternative options. These recommendations are to form the bedrock of sustainable advocacy efforts that can be used to revise legal tools in these areas. The dialogue will hopefully trap the emerging legal and economic challenges in order to counsel policy makers in shaping the future of governmental and non-governmental decision-making,” Shasore said.
According to the organisers, each session will be facilitated by an array of erudite international and domestic speakers, experts and technocrats with experience in social policy, law and development. Their presentations will focus on the following themes: Global Trade and Development; Housing and Habitat; Sustainable Energy and the Environment; International Law and Development; and Arbitration & Dispute Resolution.
“The Kuramo Conference 2010 is privileged to have as its key speaker on the subject of Recovery of Stolen Wealth within the realm of legal arms, a renowned legal expert, Mr. Edward Davis, Jr, the Founding Partner of a Miami, Florida-based law firm, Astigarraga Davis. Davis has, over the years, established expertise in the areas of international fraud recovery and focuses his practice on the representation of individual, corporate and institutional victims of fraud throughout the Americas and the Caribbean,” the Lagos Commissioner said.
According to Shasore, “Davis paper is expected to unravel various thorny issues as it relates to official corruption and how stolen wealth from third world economies can be detected and recovered within the realm of law.”
The conference which has been designed to explore emerging concepts and practices in law and development will be preceded by plenary speeches by world’s renowned multi-disciplinary experts.
The first plenary speech titled “Strategic Drivers for Socio-economic Transformation – The Next 50 Years” will be delivered by the President, International Jurists Commission and first female president, The Republic of Ireland, Mrs. Mary Robinson , who has carved a niche for herself in the area of economic development and was recently awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honour by the United States President, Barack Obama.
American civil rights leader, Rev. Jesse Jackson, will also deliver another plenary speech on “Urban Citizenship – Rights and Obligations”. Jackson, who is one of America’s foremost political figures will, at the conference, challenge Nigerians to establish just and humane priorities in order to achieve national growth.
The last plenary speech titled “Developing Economies: Rethinking the Present, Shaping the Future” will be delivered by the Rt. Hon. Lord Paul Boateng (Baron Boateng of Akyem Wembley), a Barrister of Grays Inn, who recently completed a four year term as British High Commissioner to South Africa(20005 – 2009).
Other knowledge vendors confirmed as speakers and discussants for the Kuramo Conference 2010 are: President and Judge of the World Bank Administrative Tribunal, Justice Bola Ajibola, SAN; Head of Legal, Nokia Siemens Network, Middle East and Africa, Ms. Michaela Ahlberg; President/CEO Triple “E” Systems, Prof. Felix Dayo; Company Secretary/Legal Adviser to NNPC, Prof. Yinka Omorogbe; former Chairman, Eti-Osa Local Government Area, Lagos, Dr. Folarin Gbadebo-Smith; amongst other icons of national development.
On the expectations at the conference and the impacts it would have on the state, Shasore expressed confidence, saying it will provide an opportunity to deliberate on new concepts and ideas that will shape the common future of cities such as Lagos all over the world.
He also expressed delight that this kind of conference is happening in Lagos. “It gives me pleasure that Lagos State is championing this great cause; I do hope that the outcome of the conference will enhance the status of the State to an international conference destination,” he said.
This article was originally posted on Nigeria Business Communities