— The federal government is working around the clock to ensure that by 2020, Nigeria is ranked among the top 100 countries on World Business Index, according to the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo.
— He also said the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Committee, PEBEC, would continue to work with ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs), the National Assembly and other key stakeholders in pursuit of its goals.
This is according to the statement disclosed by the Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo this Wednesday night in Abuja.
He disclosed this while speaking at the second Presidential Enabling Business Environment Committee (PEBEC) Awards ceremony at the State House Banquet Hall.
According to the VP, the government is working towards its goal to push Nigeria to the top 100 countries on 2020 World Business Index. He alps mentioned that the federal government will sustain the implementation of PEBEC reforms in all ramifications.
In his words: “In the past three years, Nigeria has implemented more than 140 reforms to make doing business in Nigeria easier. The World Bank also reported in 2018 that 32 states of Nigeria improved their Ease of Doing Business environment led by Kaduna, Enugu, Abia, Lagos and Anambra States.
“In 2019, PEBEC set a goal to move Nigeria into the top 100 on the 2020 World Bank Doing Business Index (DBI). To achieve this, we will be pursuing the continued implementation of reforms across all indicators, including the implementation of legislative reforms, specifically the passage of the new Companies and Allied Matters Act and the Omnibus Bills; the expansion of the regulatory reform programme which started with NAFDAC and NAICOM; and now to include other regulators; the establishment of a National Trading Platform for ports; and the concession of our major international airports.”
The vice-president went on to list some of the reforms implemented so far by the council to include: reserve a business name within four-hours; complete the registration of a company within 24 hours online; apply for and receive approval of a visa-on-arrival electronically within 48hrs; file and pay taxes online; and access specialised small claims commercial courts in Lagos and Kano States, among other reform initiatives.
He also mentioned that the World Bank reported that 32 states of the federation notably Kaduna, Enugu, Abia, Lagos and Anambra States improved their ease of doing business environment in 2018.
He as well went on to highlight some of the targets achieved in the earlier NAP 3.0 to include: driving registration for utilisation of the National Collateral Registry to facilitate access to credit for small and medium enterprises (SMEs); clearance of all pending NAFDAC registration applications to improve efficiency; and creation of a strengthened single joint cargo examination interface in all airports and seaports for import and export to reduce the time spent at the ports.
Following the implementation of NAP 3.0 targets, Osinbajo stated that NAP 4.0 would now focus on initiatives such as: enforcing compliance with SLAs across all indicators/focus areas; driving the passage of the CAM Bill 2018 for improved effectiveness of company law in Nigeria (and as you have heard, what we are waiting for is the signing into law of the bill); enhancing efficiency in the small claims court, and enhancing the application and approval system for visas on arrival, among others.
He also said PEBEC would continue to work with ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs), the National Assembly and other key stakeholders in pursuit of its goals.