Nigeria

Weekly Update: Africa

Nigeria – CIPE partner the Association of Nigerian Women Business Network organized a high-level business roundtable to discuss the findings of its field survey on credit access challenges faced by women and other micro and small enterprise entrepreneurs. Chief among the reasons found were unreasonable criteria for eligibility, inability to provide collateral due to a lack of property rights, and very high interest rates.

Weekly Update: Africa

Nigeria – The Kogi Coalition of Business and Professional Associations (KOCOBPA) met with representatives of the Nigerian Police, Kogi Command and MacCorps Chaplaincy Nigeria to raise awareness and solicit buy-in for its CIPE-supported advocacy program on the security of Kogi state. The security agencies promised to partner with KOCOBPA on the program. The Commissioner assured them of future cooperation whenever needed. Similarly, KOCOBPA visited two media organizations including Radio Kogi and Prime FM to discuss publicizing the program.

Weekly Update: Africa

Nigeria – CIPE partner the Enugu Coalition of Business and Professional Associations (ECOBPA) successfully mediated a resolution over a tax-related dispute between the Enugu Board of Internal Revenue (EBIR) and the Eastern Nigeria Industrial Center. Following an announcement by the EBIR that it planned close down the Industrial Center due to lack of tax payment by its members, the Industrial Center – which is a cluster of micro and small businesses in Enugu – argued that the taxes were too high and exceeded their members’ capacity to pay.

Weekly Update: Africa

Kenya – CIPE Program Officer Lars Benson and CIPE Field Representative Ben Kiragu met with partners the Kenya Association of Manufacturers, Kenya Private Sector Alliance, and the Institute of Economic Affairs to explore opportunities for linkages among partners engaged in similar work. Benson and Kiragu also met with representatives from the Catholic University of East Africa, African Management Initiative, and USAID.

Weekly Update: Africa

Nigeria – CIPE partner the Nasarawa Coalition of Business and Professional Associations (NACOBPA) organized a business forum in Lafia for members. They discussed the findings of a field survey NACOBPA recently conducted on reforming the tax administration in Nasarawa state. As a result, they formed a draft policy position paper that will be used in future engagement with public sector officials on tax issues affecting the state’s business environment.

Weekly Update: Africa

Nigeria Twelve members of the Niger Coalition of Business and Professional Associations (NICOBPA) met with the Niger state Commissioner of Police to raise awareness on their efforts to strengthen security as a means to grow business. The Commissioner received the NICOBPA delegation favorably, stating that the police are prepared to partner with the coalition to ensure adequate security for good business operations in the state. She also provided hotlines that could be called in emergency situations.

Weekly Update: Africa

Nigeria – CIPE Program Officer Erica Poff and CIPE Program Coordinator Desmond Irabor met with selected member-associations of the CIPE-supported coalition of women’s business associations. The visits allowed CIPE's team to engage both the leadership and members of these associations on various issues, including association governance and advocacy.

Weekly Update: Africa

Nigeria – As a result of CIPE-supported capacity building, the Association of Nigerian Business Women Network (ANBWN) held its first general meeting. Eighteen people attended the meeting representing 14 association members. Some of the issues discussed included registration with the Corporate Affairs Commission and sustainability through a dues system.

Weekly Update: Africa

Cote d’Ivoire – CIPE partner coalition Le Réseau des Organizations Professionnelles et des PME de Cote d'Ivoire (ROPPCI) met in Abidjan to formally establish the Collège des Présidents, an oversight body comprised of the presidents from ROPPCI’s member associations. The body will guide the coalition’s mission, activities, and will be responsible for expanding membership to new associations. The Collège members elected Dr. Joesph Boguifo, President of the member the Association of Private Clinics, to lead the group.

Weekly Update: Africa

Ethiopia – CIPE Program Officer Julie Craig and CIPE Field Representative Hailemelekot Asfaw traveled to Mekelle in the Tigray region to meet with CIPE partners the Mekelle Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Association (MCCSA) and the Tigray Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Association (TCCSA).

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