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FOLLOWING THE SIGNING OF AFRICAN CONTINENTAL  FREE TRADE AREA (AFCTA) AGREEMENT SMEDAN ORGANIZES CAPACITY BUILDING TRAINING PROGRAMME FOR  (BMOS), (NGOS) AND TRADE UNIONS

By: Salim Ahmad

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The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) was established by the Smedan act of 2003 to promote the development of the micro small and medium enterprises (msmes) sub sectors of the Nigerian economy.

In pursuit of its mandate  the agency, organized  a CAPACITY BUILDING TRAINING PROGRAMME for BMOS,NGOS and Trade unions* which  aimed at promoting MSMES in Nigeria,

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1)By showcasing their potential

2) Exposing them to strategies in business management

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3) Business networking opportunities in African continental Free trade area (AFCTA) Agreement

4) Access to raw materials/machineries equipment availabilities

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5) Rural and Export market linkages

6) Maintaining standardization for global competitiveness and meeting global regulatory requirements

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 7) Access to micro finance institutions (MFIs) from financial institutions.

From Northwest zone, the capacity building Programme was conducted at Kadpoly hotels Kaduna, between 11th- 14th-october-2021, with some  BMOs, NGOs & trade unions across them.

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 where seven 7 person were nominated to represent each  organizations. the organizations in attendance includes..

1) Tractor Owners and operators association of Nigeria (TOOAN) katsina State

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2) Kaduna Chamber of Commerce Mines and Industry, Kaduna state

3)Deafs support Groups of Nigeria. Katsina state

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4) Nigeria  Woman in Agriculture( NAWIA)

5) National association of coconut dealers, processors and manufacturers of Nigeria (NACOPMAN)

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6)Anihilated poverty initiative of Nigeria

7) Godiyar Allah holdings cooperative society katsina State.

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8) Jibwis jigawa state chapter…

Etc

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During the four (4) days training session  various expert stakeholders  from different business regulatory agencies of Nigeria explained to the trainees in details about their activities towards Msmes in Nigeria.

*SON, Otandard Organization of Nigeria have trained the attendees on their strategic processes of standardizing product and services to meet the national and international standards for export and import business.

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*Stakeholders from NIEPC, Nigerian Import and Export Promotion Council, have explained in details on the process/requirements involved in export and import of goods and services for MSMES in Nigeria.

*Stakeholders from NAFDAC, also have attended and explained deeply the details to the participants on the processes and requirements  of obtaining NAFDAC NUMBER for food related products in Nigeria

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* Access to finance, Financial institutions both conventional (i.e Jaiz bank & Access bank) and  Government owned Banks (i.e Bank of industry BOI and Bank of Agriculture BOA) were in attendance and took steps towards deep explanation to the participants on the process and requirement involved in accessing  loans for business development and Utilisation.

 *The host, SMEDAN which Remain alpha and Omega of the Programme have trained the participants on the various modern and profitable business planning & management skills.

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Upon the completion of the training Both accommodation and transport fare for each participants were covered by SMEDAN,  each organization in attendance Benefited with  a Grant of (500,000) Five Hundred Thousand Naira.

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