FG has implemented 140 reforms on ease of doing business - Osinbajo

FG has implemented 140 reforms on ease of doing business - Osinbajo

- Federal government has implemented no fewer than 140 reforms on ease of doing business in the past three years

- Yemi Osinbajo who disclosed this said some of the successful reforms include the ability to-reserve a business name within four hours

- Osinbajo said the major focus of the government is to move Nigeria into the top-100 on the 2020 World Bank Doing Business Index

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday, April 3, declared that the federal government has implemented no fewer than 140 reforms on ease of doing business in the past three years.

Osinbajo said this at the 2nd Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) Awards 2019 held at the state House Banquet Hall in Abuja.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports he said he was delighted to celebrate the phenomenal successes of the PEBEC reforms and recognition of those who made it all possible.

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"Our incredibly selfless and committed private sector partners and the sterling performance of many in the public sector; in the past three years, Nigeria has implemented more than 140 reforms to make doing business in Nigeria easier.

“Some of the successful reforms include the ability to-reserve a business name within four hours. Complete the registration of a company within 24 hours online. Apply for and receive approval of a visa-on-arrival electronically within 48hrs.

“File and pay taxes online; and access specialised small claims commercial courts in Lagos and Kano The World Bank also reported in 2018 that 32 states of Nigeria improved their Ease of doing business environment led by Kaduna, Enugu, Abia, Lagos and Anambra," he said.

He said in 2019, PEBEC set a goal to move Nigeria into the top-100 on the 2020 World Bank Doing Business Index (DBI). He said to achieve that, Nigeria would be pursuing the continued implementation reforms across all indicators.

Osinbajo said the indicators included implementation of legislative reforms, specifically the passage of the new Companies and Allied Matters Act and the Omnibus Bills.

The vice president listed others as the expansion of the regulatory reform program started with NAFDAC and NAICOM to include other regulators; the establishment of a National Trading Platform for ports; and the concession of our major international airports.

He added: “PEBEC has now commenced the fourth 60-day National Action Plan (NAP 4.0) on Ease of Doing Business. NAP 4.0 is running from the 1st of March to the 29th of April, 2019.

"It aims to deepen the reforms delivered over the past 3 years and drive institutionalization. We have highlighted key action items in all of the focus areas to ensure they do not unravel and to ensure we drive sustainability

“Some of the targets achieved in the last NAP 3.0 include driving registration for utilization of the National Collateral Registry to facilitate access to credit for SMEs.

“Clearance of all pending NAFDAC registration applications to improve efficiency; and creation of a strengthened single joint cargo examination interface in all airports & seaports for import and export to reduce the time spent at the ports.

“NAP 4.0 will focus on initiatives such as enforcing compliance with SLAs across all indicators/focus areas, driving the passage of the CAM Bill 2018 for improved effectiveness of company law in Nigeria.”

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He said other areas of reforms were enhancing efficiency in the small claims court, and enhancing the application and approval system for visas on arrival, to mention a few.

According to him, the council will continue to work extensively with all MDAs, the National Assembly and other key stakeholders.

Recall that Legit.ng reported that Osinbajo said Nigeria's current debt profile when compared to the size of its economy is the lowest in the world.

Osinbajo while speaking at the 50th convocation of the University of Lagos, Akoka, themed “Nigeria Rising: The Path to Prosperity” said that the inflation in Nigeria had stabilised at 11% over the past six months.

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