BY DAVID ADUGE-ANI
The office of the vice president in collaboration with the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), through the Abuja Enterprise Agency (AEA) is to hold a nation-wide Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Business Clinic in the FCT.
Briefing newsmen in his office yesterday, the managing director/chief executive officer of AEA, Arabi Muhammad Tukur explained that Business Clinic, scheduled to hold on the 19th and 20th July 2017, is one of the initiatives of the federal government to diversify the economy through strengthening of MSMEs in the country.
Tukur noted that the initiative will also provide the platform to promote and showcase Made in Nigeria products and services, as well as accelerate business growth and provide on the spotsupport services to MSMEs.
According to him, “The event will facilitate interaction between business regulators such as CAC, SON, NAFDAC, business development services providers and business owners.
Through this interaction business owners will understand better the roles of business regulators and the regulatory challenges that exist will be addressed on the spot by regulators.”
The activities of the two-day programme, according to Tukur, will include exhibition, business matching and market linkage, one-on-one interaction with regulatory bodies, interactive sessions such as business round table meeting and policy advocacy forum.
The managing director added that the business clinic, which is expected to attract about 5000 MSMEs within and outside the FCT, would interlink at least 5000- 6000 businesses within and outside the FCT as well as expose them to potential partners and interested investors.
He continued: “The business clinic is aimed at promoting the MSMEs business profile for networking with similar business organization in this part of the country/world. It is also aimed to provide a very useful platform for associations to meet and explore co-operative exchanges and activities with counterparts in other states.”