"400 Minutes" is the time it takes to fly from Lagos, Nigeria, to Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Or to fly the other way. Put differently, all that separates two major cities that each play a key role on their respective continents is 400 minutes. Which even in our fast-paced modern life is no time at all. "400 Minutes" is all there is stopping Lagos and Frankfurt being direct neighbours. So let’s join the two cities as twins.
"400 Minutes" is a campaign initiative of a group of professional initiators with different backgrounds (www.400minutes.de), united in their belief that Lagos and Frankfurt am Main should be twinned for countless different reasons – and most especially for the mutual benefit of both cosmopolitan cities not to mention all the reciprocal business, investment, trade, career and educational exchanges as well as varieties of other cultural opportunities.
Where are the opportunities, where are the challenges of a city partnership between Lagos and Frankfurt? Where do approaches already exist? In which areas does closer cooperation make sense?
Building Bridges (Part 2) –
Why Africa's Financial Center Lagos should become Frankfurt's Partner City
Stephan Siegler, Head of the City Council, Frankfurt am Main
Panel discussion with:
Christiane Loizides (CDU), Economic policy spokeswoman for the Frankfurt CDU parliamentary group, Member of the City Council
Gregor Amann (SPD), Economic policy spokesman for the Frankfurt SPD parliamentary group, Member of the City Council
Uwe Paulsen (Die Grünen), Economic policy spokesman for the Frankfurt Green Party parliamentary group, Member of the City Council
Edmund Boyo, Managing Partner, Clifford Chance Worldwide Ltd.
Alfred Idialu, Director, Regional Manager Nigeria, Oddo BHF AG
Get-together on kind invitation from Clifford Chance