By NBF News

The South-east Governors' Forum has declared support for the forthcoming Zonal Economic Summit which is expected to create a better business environment, equip, empower and enable the people to participate actively in the nation's economic arena.

Chairman of the Governors' Forum, Mr. Peter Obi of Anambra State, who received the Central Planning Committee of the Summit, led by its Chairman, Chief Chris Obiefuna in Awka, commended the Summit Group from taking such initiative.

He said: 'The benefits of the Summit may not be obvious to the ordinary person but entrepreneurs and stakeholders in the South-east will have a new business horizon that will herald a better future for political economy of the zone.

He assured the cooperation and support of the five state governors of the zone to ensure that the economic summit was a success, considering its strategic importance to the business community in the zone. Governor Obi appealed to entrepreneurs and the entire business community in the zone to support the efforts and attend the summit, which would hold at Nike Lake Hotel, Enugu betweent Thursday and Friday, September 1 and 2.

Earlier, Chairman of the Planning Committee, Chief Chris Obiefuna, noted that the summit was conceived to act as a catalyst for translating into reality the various ideas and ideals that had been conceptualized in earlier conferences and summits for the economic development of the zone.

He said the summit would also leverage on the institutional frame works and initiatives already developed by other economic sub-groups and interventionists organizations in the zone as well as called for concrete affirmation actions.

Obiefuna pointed out that the summit would also provide strategic platform for top state government officials in the zone to learn more about the various economic packages already developed for the economic transformation of the South-east political zone.

He told the governor that the summit was aimed at finding practical solutions and strategy to turn around the deplorable state of the economy of the zone as a contiguous economic bloc.