Enugu state government has expressed readiness to provide good business environment for investors and ensure sustainability of small and medium enterprises.
Enugu state commissioner for commerce and industry, Sam Ogbu-Nwobodo represented by a director in the Ministry, Fidelis Okeke, made this known on Thursday during the Third Annual General Meeting of the Enugu Coalition of Business and Professional Association, ECOBPA, held at ECCIMA hall, Abakiliki road, Enugu.
While declaring the meeting open, the commissioner noted that the state has recorded success in the areas of youth empowerment, infrastructural development, health care delivery, quality education, among others, and commended ECOBPA for its achievements so far.
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Ogbu-Nwobodo said creating an enabling business environment was one of the four cardinal points of the present administration adding that Governor Ugwuanyi was very much interested in the business sector of the state.
“It is this interest that birthed the committee on The Ease of Doing Business set up by the governor and which your Chairman is also a member”.
“We pledge the support of the government and the ministry in its quest to continuously create enabling environment for businesses in the state,” he said.
In a welcome address, the Chairman of the coalition and President Enugu Chamber Of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture, ECCIMA, Emeka Udeze said there is no doubt that ECOBPA is striving to transit to self sustenance stage of existence, noting that with the concerted efforts of every member, the association shall be able to overcome the present challenges in its determination to continue to deliver based on its vision and mission towards the improvement of the Enugu business environment.
He urged the Enugu state government to speed up the implementation of the recommendations of the business committee to attract more investment to the state.
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The Chairman urged the state government to act upon the blue print that is being recommended by the state government’s advisory Committee on Ease of Doing Business in the State.
Udeze commended the state government for several policies and programmes aimed at improving the living standard of people and appealed for more efforts in reviving the Emene industrial layout through social amenities.
Also, the representative of Center for International Private Enterprise, CIPE, in Nigeria, Desmond Irabor and ECOBPA Validator, congratulated the body of business professionals for its efforts in supporting investments in Enugu and charged them not to relent.
Also speaking, Loretta Aniagolu, urged ECCIMA and ENCOBPA to leverage on the current political season to draw commitment from intending political office-holders.
“Use this political season to get the commitments of politicians in the state towards creating an enabling environment where businesses will thrive when they eventually emerge victorious,” she noted.
The Enugu coalition of business and professional association is a body comprising about thirty one business groups, domiciled at the Enugu Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture with the aim of sustaining investments in the state.