Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce
James Houston is the Chairman of the Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce UK Network.
In his earlier career, he was a Partner in an International firm of Chartered Accountants where he specialised in the area of Corporate Finance. He moved into the Private Sector, taking up a number of Non-Executorships including a large food based Cash and Carry Distribution company from which he has developed an interest in the Agro-Processing sector.
He is involved in the Export Nigeria initiative of the Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce to promote Non Oil Exports from Nigeria including the Agricultural and Food sectors which in turn provides linkage with the initiatives of the British Chambers of Commerce and The Department for International Trade for the development of their respective programmes for the development of overseas business networks.
He is a former Director of a Midlands based Chamber of Commerce and Industry in which capacity he became closely involved in Government funded City based regeneration projects involving implementation of Public, Private and Voluntary Sector Partnerships.
He is a founder partner of Overseas Development Solutions LLP which facilitates business to business trade and investment linkages between the UK and selected overseas countries with a particular focus on Africa and selected sectors.
Opportunities in Nigeria
The seminar focuses on Nigeria’s position within Africa, a continent which is now home to many of the World’s fastest growing economies. We will look at how to access the opportunities in Nigeria and the role of the Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce. The session will address the perceived challenges of operating in the Nigerian market and balance it against the opportunities of engaging with Africa’s most populous country and fastest growing consumer class. We will be looking at the impact of the fall in Oil prices on the Foreign Exchange availability and Government policy on import substitution.