ABUJA – Dr. Okechukwu Enelamah, Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, has advocated the need for collaboration among the three tiers of governments to ensure holistic and successful implementation of Ease-of-Doing-Business in Nigeria.
Enelamah, said the current administration believe a conducive business environment was crucial to achieving the government’s diversification agenda.
He said though significant milestones had already been recorded, the greatest effect would be possible with the active collaboration of state and local governments.
Enelamah,who spoke at the 10th meeting of the National Council on Industry, Trade and Investment, with the theme, ‘Ease of Doing Business: The Role of States and Local Governments,’ which took place in Umuahia, Abia State,said President Muhammadu Buhari had exhibited strong political-will by establishing and supporting the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) with an ambitious mandate of removing constraints and bottlenecks in doing business in Nigeria; and by signing the Executive Order 001, which promotes transparency, default approvals and one government.
He said the current administration has hitherto done well in governance,adding that: Business registration in Nigeria can now be concluded within 48 hours with the automated platform by the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC)”
On trading across borders, Enelamah listed some of the completed reforms to include reduction in import documentation requirements from 14 to eight and export documents from 10 to seven, introduction of advance cargo manifests and scheduling of joint physical examination anchored by the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS).