Entrepreneurial Stakeholders Key Into KTN ‘s  Ecosystem Building Engagements in Ekiti 

Scores of entrepreneurial stakeholders converged I​n Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital for brainstorming and networking.
The event which drew participants from the private sector, particularly agribusiness, academic environment, government as well as other sectors within the Ecosystem advocated collaboration, capacity development, and know​ledge sharing.
Speaking at the event’s sideline, Joshua Adedeji;​ ​Knowledge​Transfer manager of the Global Alliance Africa and ​​KTN​ ​​​Project disclosed that Ekiti hosted the event because of the government’s friendly policies on knowledge development.
Adedeji hinted that the meeting would also expose the participants to a stream of opportunities in international business such as Agriculture and Energy Catalysts grants running to about 20 million pounds.
He said” We are currently running a six-year program funded by the UK through the global alliance project to foster alliance in Nigeria and outside that, we have series of programme​s.
” The Knowledge Zone provides a huge potential and a welcome initiative from the Kayode Fayemi-led administration​
” At the end, we are looking to see the mobilization of more funds into the ecosystem and that the innovators to have access to the right funding, and not the​unsustainable,​ ​high interest-rate loans that the environment is already used to.  We are also looking at the sustainability of the ecosystem for people to be able to run their businesses without relying on external individuals or groups. Most importantly, we want to ensure that we​build on the Nigeria-UK partnership because the UK gives​ their ​support always” Adedeji said.
” The one that has brought us together here is the place-based innovative project​ (PBI)​ which we are running in Ekiti. It is basically identifying innovations in secondary cities, that is where they have their own comparative advantage but they have not seen the right support either from the private or international organisations to grow and we are starting from Ekiti.
” We have several sectors but the one we are focusing on in Ekiti now is the agricultur​al​sector. We are bringing stakeholders here together to identify the key challenges they are facing and areas that need innovation in the sector.
* Another thing we intend to achieve is to foster collaboration, at least by meeting like today every quarter, if we have resources, we can meet more. If we meet like this, there could be collaboration and networking and talking to the government to improve the ecosystem.
” When we talk about agriculture, it is not about farming but the entire value chain and we are focusing on the sector because we did our survey and we observed Ekiti has the comparative advantage in the agriculture sector.”
Working in partnership with the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and Innovate UK, Global Alliance Africa drives knowledge transfer and collaboration that foster long-lasting, strategic partnerships between Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, and the UK. In doing so, it aims to accelerate innovations that promote inclusive economic growth, job creation,​​ and reduction of poverty.”

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