James Houston

Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce

James Houston is the Chairman of the Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce UK Network which focuses on linkages with the Export promotional initiatives of the British Chambers of Commerce and the Department for International Trade.

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 in particular the Agricultural and Food sectors.
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 Hub Africa which facilitates business to business trade and investment linkages between the UK and selected countries in Africa and with a focus on certain sectors.

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Opportunity Nigeria

The seminar focuses on Nigeria’s position within Africa, a continent which is now home to ten of the World’s fifteen 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 also be looking at the impact of the fall in Oil prices.