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SMEDAN seeks International Development Partners’ support

12 September 2013, 13:05

Abuja - The Director-General, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), Bature Masari, has urged International Development Partners’ to continue to support Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) development in Nigeria.

This call is contained in a statement issued by Mr Ibrahim Mohammed, the Assistant Chief Information Officer of the agency, in Abuja on Wednesday.

Masari made the call when he bid farewell to the Head, Enabling Environment Component/SEDIN, German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), Dr Manfred Matzdorf, in Abuja.

The director-general, who also welcome the new Head, Jacques Sam, said that SMEDAN was ready to partner with the German agency to execute the Enterprise Survey scheduled for April 2014.

He said the proposed survey was a follow up to the Enterprise Baseline Survey (EBS) undertaken in March 2012.

Masari called on the German agency to support and cooperate with SMEDAN in the implementation of National Policy on MSMEs and in the development of manpower, considering challenges in the area.

He explained the agency’s flagship programme, the National Enterprise Development Programme (NEDEP) and the One Local Government One Product (OLOP) programme.

The director-general said the overall objective of the OLOP/NEDEP programme was to revive the rural economy, improve employment opportunity and alleviate poverty in rural areas in Nigeria.

According to him, this will be done through the establishment of sustainable MSMEs in the 774 Local Government Areas on product lines based on comparative and competitive advantages.

Earlier, Matzdorf, thanked the director-general for the support to the German agency in Nigeria, and appealed that the same support and cooperation be extended to the new helmsman.

The new head of German agency said he would sustain the cordial relationship existing between SMEDAN and GIZ.

Sam said he would ensure that the proposed update on the EBS for 2014 becomes a reality.

-  NAN

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