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Tinubu Pledges To Support Facilitation Of SMEs In Africa

President Bola Tinubu reiterated his administration's dedication to facilitating trade for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) throughout Africa.

He made this commitment during the Africa International Trade Exhibition (AITE) 2023's Business, Trade, and Investment Summit, which took place alongside the 78th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). The assurance was conveyed by Mr. Tunde MacAlabi, the Chairman of the Organising Committee for the Business, Trade, and Investment Summit.

This summit was orchestrated by Mr. MacAlabi, Prof. Tai Balofin, President of Nigerian Progressive Professionals, and Ms. Khuraira Musa, CEO of K-Pro Consulting of New York. President Tinubu, represented by the Minister of Trade and Investment, Dr. Doris Uzoka-Anite, assured investors that the Federal Government would implement measures to simplify trade within the country.

Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Festus Keyamo, encouraged both domestic and foreign investors to capitalize on Nigeria's substantial population, traffic, and thriving aviation sector. He emphasized the need for world-class Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) facilities, citing the current lack of such facilities in West Africa.

Ms. Khuraira Musa, author of "The Audacity of an African Girl" and President of the Arewa Development Support Initiative (ADSI), underscored the event's goal of attracting investment in Nigeria to establish industries for processing and manufacturing raw materials within the country, creating job opportunities for the youth and women.

In attendance were notable figures such as the FCT Minister of State, Mariya Mahmud, Sen. Ireti Kingibe, Titiola Adeleke (wife of the Osun governor), and Nigerian High Commissioner to Canada, Amb. Adeyinka Asekun, among others.

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