In fulfillment of its mandate to significantly spur Micro, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises ( MSMEs ) the Federal Government would launch one-stop shops in no fewer than seven states across the country.
The measure is to facilitate smoother government regulation and interface between entrepreneurs and agencies of government.
Already, one such one-stop shop for MSMEs in Plateau State has been launched in Jos on Aug. 24, and is being housed by the Plateau State Micro-Finance Development Agency (PLASMEDA).
The states that are next in line are Abia, Cross River, Ogun, Akwa Ibom, Kwara, Kano, Benue and the FCT.
The One-Stop Shop programme is part of the on-going Nationwide Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Clinics for Viable Enterprises (MSME Clinics) initiated by the Presidency in January 2017. The shops are slated to take off between September and October, with more of them expected to be launched in other states before the end of the year.
The one-stop-shop is aimed at:
- Bridging the information gap between micro and small investors and regulatory agencies of government.
- Focusing on agencies like the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON), Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), and others.
- Providing opportunities for entrepreneurs and local producers in the MSME level to interact with regulatory agencies.
- Creating an ongoing opportunity in a permanent location to achieve the same purpose.
- Giving small businesses the opportunity to interact with the industry regulators in an effort to spur local production and harness the nation’s export potential.
The agencies to be housed in the One-Stop Shops are the Bank of Industry (BOI), Bank of Agriculture (BOA), CAC, FIRS, SON, NAFDAC, and the Industrial Training Fund (ITF).
Others are the Nigerian Export-Import Bank (NEXIM), Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), and Small & Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN).
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