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LAGOS SEEKS IMPROVEMENT IN EASE OF DOING BUSINESS RATING

Posted on July 21st, 2016

The government of Lagos State has forged ahead with moves to make doing business in its clime easier as it inaugurates Investment Champions who are to serve as investment desk officers in the various agencies of government.
 
Speaking on behalf of the Special Adviser, Office of Overseas Affairs and Investment, Prof, Ademola Abass during the inauguration and sensitisation of Investment Champions in Alausa yesterday, the Permanent Secretary of the Office, Dr. Olajide Basorun stated that the idea of investment champion was part of government’s strategies to ensure that investors have pleasant experience in the state.
 
He urged the investment champions who are drawn from all relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of government to work together with the Office of Overseas Affairs and Investment to bring about a drastic reduction in obstacle militating against doing business in Lagos State.
 
“As investment champions your role is critical in positioning Lagos as the most desirable investment destination in the world. You are to act as investment agents in your various MDAs, fast track information on investment enquiries, follow up on investment proposals within your MDAs, direct investors to the Office of Overseas Affairs and Investment and provide prompt professional investment services to Lagos Global”, he said.
  
Basorun also noted that the effectiveness of these desk officers along with other measures such as improvement in the ease of starting a business, dealing with construction permits, registering property, paying taxes are important to bring about improvement in the ease of doing business rating of the country, considering the fact that about 73 percent of Nigeria’s easy of doing business rating was based on the Lagos economy.
 
Countries are rated by the World Bank Group, “Doing Business” based on the relative ease of doing business within their shores, using certain parameters including the ease of starting a business, dealing with construction permits, registering property, paying taxes, trading across borders, getting credit and enforcing contracts.
 
On this basis, Nigeria was rated 169 out of 189 countries with Lagos State alone contributing 73percent of Nigeria’s rating. This implies that as we continue to enhance the ease of doing business in Lagos, the ranking of the entire country will go up.
 
According to Dr. Basorun the goal of the state government is to move the country up by 20 places on the ease of doing business rating by 2017 as this is the logical consequence of progress being made in Lagos in this direction.
 
Mukaila Sanusi
Head, Public Affairs
Office of Overseas Affairs and Investment
July 21, 2016

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