The Honorable Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr Okechukwu Enelamah has disclosed the federal government’s commitment to creating a perfect business environment so that all companies, start-ups and SMEs in Nigeria would continue to thrive.
Dr Enelamah made this disclosure at the opening of the annual Kaduna International Trade Fair. He described the fair as a very important program for the continuous development of the Nigerian economy. He praised the organizers of the 39th edition of the Kaduna International Trade Fair, the Kaduna Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (KADCCIMA). Dr Enelamah disclosed the theme of this year’s programme “Promoting Commerce, Industry and Agriculture for international Competitiveness” was in line with the economic plan of the federal government.
“Let me share with you some of the important priorities of the government that tie directly with the theme of this trade fair. The interesting thing about this theme, which is so apt is that it ties directly into the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan of the country because that plan is anchored on three objectives: promoting inclusive growth, investing in our people, and promoting competitiveness,” he added
“Therefore, the Kaduna Trade Fair is headed in the right direction in choosing to focus on commerce, industry, agriculture and international competitiveness. And as you know one of the important priorities of this government and indeed of Nigerians is agriculture, and this is one area where we’ve done very well as a country,” he said.
Dr. Enelamah explained that the trade fair was an opportunity for investors and policymakers to meet and deliberate over important issues that affect the business industry of Kaduna. He further disclosed that the organization of the fair showed the level of commitment that KADCCIMA had for the development of economy of Kaduna State and Nigeria.
Dr Enelamah informed that the main objectives of the current administration were; to make Nigeria one of the easiest places to do business in the world; to make Nigeria one of the most attractive countries for investors to invest in; and to make Nigeria one of the safest countries for people to live in and do business in a competitive manner.
He further disclosed that the federal government of Nigeria had negotiated the Continental Africa Free Trade Area Agreement and the agreement would be signed next month in Kigali, Rwanda. “The President will be there with the rest of the African Union Commission to sign the agreement. The purpose of the agreement will be to promote regional trade. Right now, intra-Africa trade is less than 15 per cent,” Dr Enelamah concluded.