By Stanley Onyekwere
As part of efforts to improve on the ease of doing business, in line with federal government’s initiative, the Abuja Enterprise Agency (AEA), has organised a symposium for Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the Federal Capital city, to access business opportunities and relevant information required for their growth and development.
The event tagged “Business 360 0 Symposium” with the theme; “Impact Assessment of Regulatory Bodies’ Activities for the Ease of Doing Business: Post Nationwide MSME Clinics” was a follow up to the nationwide Small and Medium Enterprises, MSMEs, Clinics held last year
Speaking at the 6th edition of Business 360 0, the Managing Director/CEO, Abuja Enterprise Agency, Malam Muhammed Tukur, said the event was designed to serve as a platform to review the growth and development of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, MSMEs, in the Federal Capital Territory.
Tukur revealed that regulatory and business support agencies will provide an insight into how MSMEs can compile with existing regulations and utilize current government policies to enhance the opportunities for growth.
He stressed that Business Development Service Providers (BDSPs), are also on ground to provide services that will position business owners for excellences and benefits of doing business in line with best practices.
According to him, “Business 360 0 therefore provides an opportunity for the stakeholders to engage one another and is expected to address the challenges that hinder the smooth operations of MSMEs in the FCT.
“This year’s symposium was specially designed to appraise the efforts of the Business Regulatory and Development Agencies in creating an enabling environment for Businesses to thrive in line with the Federal Government’s Initiative to improve the Ease of Doing Business in Nigeria”.
He opined that through feedbacks mechanism the business regulatory and development agencies will be better positioned to provide an understanding of existing regulatory frameworks and an insight into current government policies designed to support MSMEs.
Tukur reminded participants that the forum provides an opportunity to interact, learn and engage all relevant stakeholders who are willing and committed in accelerating the development of ease of doing business.
Earlier, a Senior Economist, SPM Professionals, Mr. Paul Alaje who spoke on the ease of doing business in Nigeria highlighted some indicators of business growth and development.