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Nigeria, Norway Rally Investors on Non-oil Export Promotion

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  • Nigeria, Norway Rally Investors on Non-oil Export Promotion

To boost bilateral ties and increase inflows of foreign direct investments, stakeholders within Nigeria and Norway have sought opportunities in the non-oil sector in addressing economic challenges bedevilling the two nations.

Besides, the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) has identified a potential earning of $18 billion from non-oil export sector by 2019 if opportunities in the sector are properly harnessed.

According to stakeholders, the challenges impacting both on the Nigerian and Norwegian national economies have created unprecedented opportunities to strengthen commerce and investment ties between our countries.

Speaking at the Nigerian Norwegian Chamber of Commerce’s quarterly business round table in Lagos, the Chairman of the Chamber, Chijioke Igwe stated that though the global economy is undergoing both structural and cyclical adjustments, due in part to the collapse of energy prices, there are significant areas of complement across the economic landscapes of both Norway and Nigeria.

He said: “Both our countries have had a long and productive trade relationship over many years; both economies are also committed to economic diversification from the traditional engine of growth, the energy sector

“While Norway has a highly developed industrial and services base, Nigeria presents viable investment potential, with the wealth of human capital, agriculture, mineral resources, infrastructure and value added manufacturing”.

The Chief Executive Officer of NEPC, Olusegun Awolowo stated that the Federal Government’s agenda to replace oil as the major national foreign exchange earner will see the country’s earnings growing to $30 billion by 2025 if there is an increase in production output from farms, while exporters explore ways to penetrate new markets.

Awolowo stated that the outputs from the farms are very low to meet local demand, even as pressure rises to increase foreign exchange earnings from non-oil export.

“The world’s largest exporters tend to be wealthier than other nations even as only three countries in the top 20 exporters depend mainly on oil exports. It is time for Nigeria to plan for a future with zero oil. As such we are focusing on sectors based on financial value, degree of complexity and products where the nation has comparative advantage”, he added.

Citing the need to deepen trade ties between Nigeria and EU countries, the Head of Trade and Economics section, EU Common Embassy in Nigeria, Filippo Amato stated that the body is interested in the development of the country and would not jeopardise its growth.

Igwe added that the NNCC was established in order to create a platform to facilitate trade and investment, remove perception barriers and mitigate transaction risks that its members might experience in exploiting the commercial potential in Nigeria.

CEO/Founder Investors King Ltd, a foreign exchange research analyst, contributing author on New York-based Talk Markets and Investing.com, with over a decade experience in the global financial markets.

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Segun Opeke is Polaris Bank Executive Director

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Polaris Bank Appoints Segun Opeke as Executive Director

Mr. Segun Opeke has been appointed as an Executive Director of Polaris Bank Limited, according to a statement issued by the bank.

The lender said the appointment was made by the bank’s Board of Directors and the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON).

According to the statement, Mr. Opeke has over 26 years of hands-on work experience acquired from leading Nigerian commercial banks with over fifteen of these years in senior and executive management roles.

Until his appointment, Opeke was the Directorate Head, Lagos Business.

The Lagos Directorate under, his leadership, recorded outstanding growth and contributed significantly to the turnaround of the bank, evidenced by its impressive financial performance recorded in the 2019 financial year.

“Since the CBN intervention in the erstwhile Skye Bank Plc in July 2016, Segun has played a prominent role in the Bank’s transformation initiatives and very instrumental to the several milestone achievements of the Bank.

“By this appointment, he is expected to strengthen the bank’s leadership aspirations in the industry leveraging his wealth of experience and contributing greatly to its ongoing corporate transformation programme,” it stated.

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Survival Fund: Here is FG’s Timetable for Registration as Portal Opens Today

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FG’s Timetable for Survival Fund as Registration Portal Opens Today

The registration portal for the Federal Government’s Survival Fund will be officially opened to prospective beneficiaries at 10 pm Monday, September 21, 2020.

According to the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President (Office of the Vice President), Laolu Akande, the survival fund would help ease the negative impact of COVID-19 on small businesses and self-employed individuals.

He said “the website https://survivalfund.ng will be open for Nigerians who have MSMEs or who are artisans, plumbers, electricians, transport workers, private school teachers or who belong to different categories under the survival fund.”

On Sunday, the Federal Government released a statement detailing timetable for categories of businesses to register. According to the statement, educational institutions will be the first category of beneficiaries to register on the portal.

Nigerians interested in the Payroll Support scheme are to note that the site for registration will be open from 10 pm Monday, September 21, 2020.

“In order to ensure a seamless registration process, the Project Delivery Office (PDO) has designed a registration schedule.

“Registration for Payroll Support will start with educational institutions on Monday and will be followed with businesses in the hospitality industry on Friday, September 25 beginning from 12 A.M.

“The portal will also be open to other categories of small businesses from 12 A.M., on Monday, September 28, 2020,” the statement said.

Federal Government, therefore, advised those whose businesses were impacted by COVID-19 to take note of the schedule and also log on to http://www.survivalfund.ng to register for the payroll support initiative.

The survival fund is a federal government’s conditional grant to support vulnerable Micro and Small enterprises in paying salaries and safegaurd jobs to prevent further increase in unemployment and cushion falling economic productivity.

For how to access survival fund clicks here

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Here is a Detail Break Down of How You Can Access MSMEs Survival Fund

You can now start registering for the National Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) Survival Fund instituted by the Federal Government to help small businesses and individuals impacted by COVID-19.

To access survival fund registration portal log on to https://survivalfund.ng

According to Laolu Akande, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President (Office of the Vice President), “Next week, we are starting the survival fund, which is a part of this plan. From next week, it will be available and people who are potential beneficiaries will be able to get more information on https://survivalfund.ng.”

He said from next week, “the website https://survivalfund.ng will be open for Nigerians who have MSMEs or who are artisans, plumbers, electricians, transport workers, private school teachers or who belong to different categories under the survival fund.”

About 45 percent of beneficiaries of the program are expected to be female-owned businesses while 5 percent is allocated to persons with special needs.

The survival fund includes payroll support for three months, and a guaranteed offtake scheme among others, all under the National Economic Sustainability Plan (NESP).

The Federal Government plans to reach around 1.7 million individuals and businesses through the program.

How to Benefit from MSMEs Survival Fund.

To benefit from National MSMEs Survival Fund, your business must:

—Be Nigerian-owned
—Be CAC-registered
—Business owner must have a BVN
—Staff strength of not less than 10 for Payroll Support and 3 for GoS.

Eligibility for the survival fund Nigeria

To qualify for Survival Fund Nigeria, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. For employers of MSMEs
  • All the beneficiaries companies must be registered under the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC).
  • Must have staff capacity of not less than 3 persons,
  • All the eligible enterprises must be owned by a Nigerian and located in Nigeria.
  • Must have BVN.
  1. Self-Employed Individuals in the following categories
  • Service Providers in the transportation sector, i.e bus drivers, taxi drivers, ride share drivers (Uber, Bolt. etc) and Mechanics.
  • Artisans: Electricians, Plumbers, etc.

Application portal opening date

The portal will open on Monday, 21st September 2020

Survivalfund.ng Portal

The MSME Survival Fund registration portal is survivalfund.ng. Registration for the National MSMEs Survival Fund will begin on Monday, 21st September 2020.

MSME Survival Fund Registration Portal & Information.

Under the National Survival Fund is a Payroll Support Scheme, vulnerable registered businesses will be supported in meeting their payroll obligations of between N30,000 to N50,000 per employee to safeguard the jobs of a maximum of 10 employees over a 3-month period.

In addition to registered businesses, the National MSMEs Survival Fund will also cater to a second category of Nigerians: the Self-employed, including:

  • Service providers in the transportation sector, i.e. Bus/Taxi drivers, Rideshare drivers, Auto-Mechanics
  • Artisans (Electricians Plumbers etc).

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