NAN launches presidential debate campaign – The Sun Nigeria



The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) has reached agreements with a global economic think tank to hold a series of presidential debates in Abuja, which will begin on November 5.

The debate, the first of its kind in the country, will involve the questioning of frontline presidential candidates solely on their economic plans.

It will also be free of defamation.

It will largely connect the candidates with national and global audiences for increased visibility and showcase their economic plans after the general election.

Switzerland-based Horasis-Nigeria Economic Development Council is NAN’s partner in the historic event, according to a statement made in Abuja on Sunday by NAN’s Managing Director, Mr. Buki Ponle.

Ponle said the candidates would deviate from tribe, religion and other mundane issues toward issues of reshaping the economy, while convincingly presenting their economic master plans to a global audience.

“The debates will include a battle of ideas and political strategies between the economic teams of Nigeria’s major political parties with keynote speeches from presidential and vice-presidential candidates,” he said.

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According to the Director General of NAN, other objectives of the debates on the future of Nigeria include refocusing policy discussions on key issues relevant to the global community.

The initiative will also help put Nigeria in the global spotlight during the inaugural edition of the Horasis-Africa meeting, in collaboration with the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria and the Nigeria Governors Forum.

The parties will offer balanced perspectives on Nigeria’s global competitiveness and economic positioning after the 2023 elections.

The Forum will also focus on the economic development strategies to be deployed by the parties in the event of victory in the 2023 presidential election.

Representatives of the economic management team of the parties, who are expected to be knowledgeable in the practice of economic development, global competitiveness and national transformation, will compete to offer Nigerians and the global community, an insight into the huge possibilities for the country after next year’s general elections.

Additionally, Nigerians at home will join the hybrid event along with other participants from the global Horasis community, members of the diplomatic community as well as Nigerians in the Diaspora.

NAN’s partner, Horasis, is an independent international think tank headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland.

It was founded in 2005 by Frank-Jürgen Richter, former director of the World Economic Forum, and is dedicated to innovation and the development of sustainable emerging markets.

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