BRICS: Tinubu Dedicated to Empowering MSMEs—Shettima

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By Adedapo Adesanya

The Vice President, Mr Kashim Shettima, has said President Bola Tinubu is very passionate about empowering Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) for the development of the nation’s economy.

The VP spoke on Tuesday on the sidelines of the BRICS Trade Fair in Johannesburg, South Africa, during his tour of exhibition stands.

“It is a known fact that the empowerment of the MSMEs is key to empowering our youth and women towards contributing to the nation’s economic development.”

Speaking further about the commitment of President Tinubu towards empowering the MSMEs, he said “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, Mr Shettima said “this will have positive impacts which will enable them to support their families and add value to the nation.”

The Vice President commended the organizer’s of the trade fair, which had about 180 exhibitors from various sectors of the economy. He stressed that the exhibitions would, in the long run, serve the purpose of galvanising investment and trade in the continent.

He took time to inspect Nigeria’s exhibitions and 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 the digital economy, they are active in fashion, and 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 BRIC South Africa & The SA BRICS Business Council (SABBC) is organising the Trade Fair 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.

Nigeria’s High Commissioner to South Africa, Ambassador Muhammad Haruna Manta, the Consul-General, Ambassador Andrew Idi and other senior government officials accompanied the Nigerian Vice President to the Trade Fair.

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