The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) says the agency has concluded plans to train 100 entrepreneurs in Akwa Ibom on standard packaging to enable their products attract global attention.
The agency also pledged to offer free digital academy training to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) as COVID-19 support with huge economic benefits to boost revenue generation.
The Director General of SMEDAN, Dr. Dikko Radda, disclosed this during the 2020 MSME Opportunity Fair organised by the agency in Uyo.
Radda, who was represented by Mr. Wale Fasanya, Director, Planning, Research, Monitoring and Evaluation, said the fair was packaged to enable entrepreneurs showcase, market their products and engage in cross fertilisation of ideas.
He said that the agency would create a convergence point in form of market hub application to enable entrepreneurs all over the country to interact with customers and suppliers of inputs to their businesses across the globe.
“The Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises sub-sector is a critical sub-sector in the Nigerian enterprise development space. They collectively account for a majority of the businesses in Nigeria and also account for the highest number of jobs created in the economy.
“Business app built to capture all businesses in Nigeria, irrespective of the nature of the enterprise; is a medium to foster great intersection between business to business, business and visitors to the app.
“It is a convergence point for Nigerians and business owners all over the world, who wish to establish links with potential customers,” he said.
The Akwa Ibom Commissioner for Trade and Investment, Mr. Ukpong Akpabio, thanked SMEDAN for giving the upcoming entrepreneurs in the state a platform to leverage and showcase their creativity to the public.
Ukpong said that the state government was very passionate on the issue bordering on business, adding that the state government would do all it could to make SMEs thrive in the state.