TRIMS Stakeholderevent AbeokutaMarch 12, 2015
Abeokuta, Ogun State.
March 12th, 2015
GIZ CONTINUES WORK WITH OGUN STAKEHOLDERS TO IMPLEMENT TRIMS
This Thursday, 12 March 2015, sees a renewed stakeholder event organized by the Pro-Poor Growth and Promotion of Employment in Nigeria Programme (SEDIN) which is financed by the Federal Ministry of Economic Corporation (BMZ) of the Federal Republic of Germany and managed by the Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). Since the MoU signing between this German development organization and the Ogun state government on the 30th of May 2012, there has been a close collaborative effort to achieve the objective of improving employment and income for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).
MSMEs have been sensitized on requirements for trading across borders and a monitoring tool ‘TRIMS’ (Trade Route Incidence Mapping) was developed and formally launched by his excellency, Senator Ibikunle Amosun FCA, Executive Governor of Ogun state on 13 October 2014 at the MKO Abiola International Stadium, Abeokuta.
The objectives of this kick-off event is to engage key Ogun state stakeholders, federal level partners, private sector stakeholders and the media on the objectives, methodology and strategy of the TRIMS project. All these initiatives aim at improving state reforms, strengthening the private sector and civil society in order to improve livelihoods of the people in Ogun state.
The TRIMS project is implemented in collaboration with a multi-stakeholder consortium consisting of civil society organizations, faith-based organizations, mobile network operators, media and other relevant and committed actors from the public and private sector. After the success of the pilot phase of the project in Ogun State, it is planned to scale up TRIMS in partnership with key federal stakeholders. The stakeholder meeting to kick-off the implementation of the TRIMS is organized to exchange information with SEDIN’s main stakeholders from the private and public sector as well as the civil society on activities and achievements.
The SEDIN programme is has four focus areas:
1. Financial Sector Reform
2. Business Enabling Environment on Federal, State and Local Level
3. Trade Facilitation
4. Value Chain Promotion (Cassava and Construction)
Under these 4 focal areas, many activities have taken place over the last years. A number of Microfinance Banks have been assessed and strengthened with various trainings and workshops. First steps towards the establishment of a One Stop Investment Centre in Ogun State and the formation of a Business Advocacy Group have been facilitated. Business Development Committees have been formed on LGA level to support Advocacy activities and local governments have been strengthened. Cassava farmer groups and cooperatives were formed and linked with processors. Stakeholders of the Construction Value Chain have jointly developed a roadmap to improve the housing situation in Ogun state.
Still a lot remains to be done to improve the operating environment for MSMEs in Ogun state. An assessment using the World Bank’s Doing Business methodology to assess the state’s performance for selected indicators, which was conducted with GIZ’s support, can be used as a basis for further reforms and initiatives.