For its outstanding contributions in core mandate areas of focusing on skills acquisition, entrepreneurship training and access to finance, SMEDAN is LEADERSHIP Government Agency of the Year 2014.
The LEADERSHIP Newspapers Board of Editors in voting the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) as the Government Agency of The Year 2014, considered its policy of tackling the challenges of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Nigeria in a holistic manner.
With the introduction of the National Enterprise Development Programme (NEDEP), the agency set out to generate 3.5 million jobs and an estimated five million direct and indirect jobs between 2013 and 2015. It is also focusing on Skills Acquisition, Entrepreneurship Training/Business Development Service (BDS) and Access to Finance. The entrepreneurship training component of NEDEP is being executed under the One Local Government One Product (OLOP) platform.