President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is committed to empowering Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) for the development of the nation’s economy, says Vice-President, Sen. Kashim Shettima.
According to the Vice-President, he believes that the empowerment of the MSMEs is key to empowering youths and women towards contributing to the nation’s economic development.
The Vice-President stated this when he spoke with journalists during his tour of exhibition stands at the ongoing BRICS Trade Fair in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Speaking further about the commitment of President Tinubu towards empowering the MSMEs, he stated:“ The President is a very compassionate leader and in the coming months, there will be changes in the fortunes of Nigeria.”
Explaining the economic impact of the growth of MSMEs on the economy, Shettima said this will have positive impacts which will enable them to support their families and add value to the nation.
He commended the organizers of the trade fair which had about 180 exhibitors from various sectors of the economy, stressing that the exhibitions will in the long run serve the purpose of galvanising investment and trade on the continent.
Shettima, who took time to inspect Nigeria’s exhibitions at the fair, lauded the investments of Nigerians in South Africa.
He said: “I am quite impressed by the investment Nigerians are making in South Africa. This is the harbinger of greater things to come. I can say that Nigerians are active in digital economy, they are active in fashion, they are equally active in mining,
“I am quite glad that quite a number of our countrymen are doing well and are willing to partner with the home nation for the greater glory of the African continent.”
While praising Rose Bank, a Nigerian investment outfit in South Africa for the funding of a cassava project worth N40 billion, the Vice President affirmed that “it is game a changer with the cassava value chain with its huge economic benefits. We hope that it will be reflected in other parts of the country.”
The Trade Fair is being organized by the BRIC South Africa and the SA BRICS Business Council (SABBC) in collaboration with the Department of Trade Industry and Competition, on the sidelines of the ongoing 15th BRICS Summit.
The exhibition is expected to serve as a platform for showcasing products and services from the BRICS countries as well as business-to-business interaction aimed at increasing intra-BRICS trade and investments.
The VP was accompanied to the Trade Fair by Nigeria’s High Commissioner to South Africa, Amb. Muhammad Haruna Manta, the Consul-General, Amb. Andrew Idi and other senior government officials.