From April 24 to 25, 2014 the Nigeria-Italy International SME Forum will hold at Four Points Sheraton Milan Center, Via Gerolamo Cardano 1, 20124 Milan, Italy. The forum is an event to explore business opportunities between Nigeria and Italy. Before the main event in Milan, a formal launch shall be held in Abuja in March 2014.
SMEs form the backbone of most economies today. Their contribution to overall economic growth has been increasing rapidly. Creating a facilitative business environment remains crucial to strengthening economic recovery, stimulating growth and providing jobs in both countries. This forum will present a marketplace for small and medium enterprises from each of the two countries to pursue trade and investment prospects of bilateral relations.
The objectives of the forum are as follows:
a) To increase bilateral trade and investment with particular emphasis on Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) between Nigeria and Italy.
b) To explore the opportunities for Nigerian SMEs in their various industries within the European market.
c) To enter into strategic business alliances with counterparts in the engaging country.
d) To promote technological advancement and business innovation.
e) To facilitate capacity building among the SMEs of Nigeria and Italy.
Milan is the second-most populous city in Italy and the capital of Lombardy. It is the main industrial, commercial and financial centre of Italy and a leading global city. Its business district hosts the Borsa Italiana (Italy’s main stock exchange) and the headquarters of the largest national banks and companies. The city is also an important manufacturing centre, especially for the automotive industry. Other important products made in Milan include chemicals, machinery, pharmaceuticals and plastics. Some key sectors in the city’s economy are advanced research in health and biotechnologies, chemicals and engineering, banking and finance.
Registered participants who require travel visas for this purpose shall be assisted. Letters of Invitation shall be provided and the visas will be applied for at the VFS Global Office in Lagos or Abuja. Most applicants will not be interviewed, so the approval is based primarily on assessment of documentation. The volume and strength of the documents will go a long way in determining the success of the application. Visa applicants are required to provide:
- Passport and Copies of Previous Visas
- Passport Photographs (to be taken at VFS for N1,500)
- Letter of Introduction (from employer)
- Bank Statements (for 6 months)
- Letter of Employment and Pay Slips (if employed)
- Certificate of Incorporation (if self- employed)
- Tax Clearance Certificate
- Proof of Real State (if they have any)
- Documents attesting the Applicant’s Professional Status (if applicable)
10. Marriage Certificate (if married)
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