BY EMMANUEL EHIOSUN
The Global Council for The Promotion of International Trade (GCPT) today honoured Nigeria’s agribusiness activist and university don, Prof. Ikechi Agbugba with its Emerging Global Leader Award.
GCPT is an organisation based in India, South Africa, USA, UAE, EU and the United Kingdom with board and council member representation worldwide.
According to the 2022 award certificate signed by Mr. Aparna G. Kumar, Global Co-chairperson of GCPT, the award is in recognition of his outstanding achievements and dedication in his chosen field.
“The Global Council for The Promotion of International Trade expresses appreciation and deep gratitude for his exemplary services towards people, society and nation-building”, the certificate reads.
With a mission to foster relationships between various global organisations, commercial associations, trade and investment promotion agencies, and business circles, the GCPIT construct diverse communication networks with a variety of organisations, ranging from businesses to corporations to non-profits, it aims to provide superior customer service while also making valuable contributions to the global economy and improving people’s lives.
Ikechi Agbugba specialized in Agricultural Economics with a PhD degree in Agribusiness and Agricultural Marketing from the University of Nigeria and Fort Hare University. Since 2003, he has been conducting research on marketing food and agricultural commodities in selected sub-Saharan African communities. Currently, he features as a senior academic/researcher playing mentoring roles to university students, African youths, and teenagers, as well as engaging with international networking volunteer organizations across Africa and outside, as either senior advisor or director in championing Africa’s transformation through the agriculture/agribusiness and education sectors. He is one of the Advocates of the European Technology Chamber (EUTECH) focusing on possible and easy solutions on how to deploy business ideas, as well as relevant technology to targeted African communities. According to Dr Ikechi, “moves to industrialise the agriculture sector must be vastly encouraged especially in this era of the fourth industrial revolution (4IR).” To mention a few, Dr. Agbugba is an Advisory Board Member with the African Council for Trade, Tourism & Investment (AfCoTTI); Director, Research & Development/International Coordinator for Africa Agriculture Agenda (AAA); Senior Advisor, African Youth Diaspora Organization (AYDO); Senior Adviser, Tomatoes and Orchard (Horticulture) Producers Association of Nigeria (TOPAN); Advisor, AgriEn (an agribusiness and agri energy initiative focused on accelerating development and delivery of innovative and sustainable interventions in food security, among other initiatives.