Text of address by Prince Adetokunbo Kayode, CON., SAN President of Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry on the occasion of strategic partnership building meeting with SMEDAN DG on Tuesday, 21st May, 2019 held at ACCI Secretariat.
It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to this strategic partnership building meeting with a critical agency as SMEDAN.
Today has given me the hope that the need for public-private partnership cooperation is indeed possible and will lead to opening up so many opportunities for the country and those whom operate under the mandate of your agency.
Mr. DG, during my meeting with you on 6th September, 2018, I expressed desire for us to open more areas of mutual collaboration/partnership that would help our organisations to deliver on our mandates.
I also specifically stated that the Chamber is requesting SMEDAN to enrol us as one of its Business Membership Organisation (BMO); adopt ACCI as talent incubation hub; go into partnership with us in the area of capacity building as well as skill acquisition.
Today, I am happy that SMEDAN has viewed these suggestions as germane and have taken the bold step to actualise these.
Mr. DG, you will also recall that while explaining the role of each of the 4 Centers in the chamber, I stressed that BEST Centre is the driver of the skill development policy of the this organisation which is aimed at helping the government to handle the basic problem of capacity development in critical areas. This is the only way we will continue to generate employment opportunities, drive creativity, ingenuity, and wealth creation for our country.
I also want to seize this opportunity to explain to you and your honourable delegation that the chamber is championing the crusade for so many viable projects, programmes and activities like return of Nigeria on the path of Industrial Park; Enterprise Nigeria; Women in Industry and Entrepreneurship Development Programme (WINDEP).
Also, I have been expressing my worry at the way and manner our SMEs are funded which is normally through the commercial banks and other intervention funds domiciled in different institutions such as BOI and BOA.
Let me seize this opportunity to suggest that SMEDAN maintains a dedicated contact with your counterpart in Malaysia. They have a template that has metamorphosed to an SME Corporative. It is working and effective too.
On this note, I want to emphasise the importance of this MOU to us and hope that it will serve as our modest effort in developing the economy of Nigeria.