The World Bank has pledged its support for the Federal Government in its bid to further improve Nigeria’s investment climate.
Rachid Benmessaoud, The Country Director of the World Bank in Nigeria, Rachid Benmessaoud, stated this at the presentation of the latest World Bank report on ” Ease of Doing Business’” at the presidential Villa, Abuja.
At the occasion chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo Benmessaoud praised the efforts of the Federal Government, stating that the improvement was proof of the leadership provided by the Buhari administration, and the impact of its Ease of Doing Business reforms.
Benmessaoud added that Nigeria’s leap in the World Bank Doing Business rankings was “an important signal from Nigeria’s federal government’s effort, and also an important signal from Africa’s largest economy.”
He said, “We come to congratulate Nigeria and the Federal Government of Nigeria under the leadership of His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari, for the reforms that have been undertaken that provided for Nigeria to jump into the indicators for doing business in Nigeria.
“This is a tribute to this council, which has been regularly meeting and focusing on the issues that influence doing business in Nigeria. And this council has done a great job under the leadership of His Excellency, the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.
PEBEC, which is chaired by the Vice President, was established by President Buhari in 2016, with a mandate to sustainably and progressively make Nigeria an easier place to do business. The members of the council include the Minister of Industry, Trade & Investment, who is Vice Chair; while other PEBEC members are 10 Honourable Ministers, the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation and the CBN Governor.
It would be recalled that the Enabling Business Environment Secretariat (EBES), which became fully operational in October 2016, is coordinated by Dr. Jumoke Oduwole, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Industry, Trade and Investment.
The meeting was also attended by other ministers, including the Honourable Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun; Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola; and the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele.