Post-COVID: NIMN Urges Synergy among Stakeholders to Grow SME Sector
Small and Medium Entrepreneurs being the engine room of every economy, have been charged to harness the opportunities inherent in the COVID-19 era through synergy, to innovate and reinvent their institutional identity in order to stay ahead even post Covid-19.
This piece of advice was offered today by the Director-General of Bureau of Public Enterprises, Mr. Alex Okoh while delivering his keynote address at the Annual Marketing Conference of the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria held in Radisson Blue Hotel, Ikeja Lagos.
Speaking on the theme: ‘SMEs in Post COVID-19 World’, Mr. Okoh while highlighting the challenges of SMEs in Nigeria called for synergy among stakeholders to support SMEs affirming the need for entrepreneurs to leaverage on Digital platforms and e-commerce to drive visibility, induced market, create appeal and engagement.
President of NIMN, Mr. Tony Agenmonmen while delivering his welcome address said discourse around the challenges of SMEs should be encouraged as it’s vital in ensuring critical issues are addressed.
The Conference also featured a panel session moderated by Mr. Lampe Omoyele where panelists gave insightful contributions on the need to create an enabling environment for SMEs to thrive as they are the catalyst of growth and development of any nation.
They listed easy access to loans, infrastructural development, effective policy formulation, training and technology as the ways SMEs in Nigeria can be made viable and productive.
The panelists were Dr. Ikenna Nwosu, Prof. Mande Samalia, Mrs.Nike Ogunlesi, Dr. Muda Yusuf and Dr. Dele Alimi.