The Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) has charged the Federal Government to deepen its support for businesses across the country.
President, ACCI, Al-Mujtaba Abubakar, who gave the charge in Abuja during his inauguration as the 11th president of the chamber, said this was vital because of the huge contributions of small and medium enterprises to Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product.
Abubakar stated that the doors of ACCI would continue to be open for inter-chamber partnership and relationship with government on how to grow the country’s economy through business collaborations.
He said, “Permit me to use this occasion to appeal to the government to deepen further the current collaboration and support for businesses.
“Specifically, the chamber of commerce presents the most potent platform for government interventions.
“As a well organised movement of business people with established structures in the 36 states of the federation, we are the best routes for government to channel its interventions for SMEs.”
Abubakar said the ACCI had now created a standing presidential policy partnership with the National Assembly and that this was the first of its kind in Nigeria.
He said the Legislative Policy Series had conducted data analysis of all pending bills in the National Assembly with a view to sharpen inputs of the business sector.
“We have also created statutory programmes focussing on critical sectors such as the Energy Policy Series, Digital Policy Series, Fiscal Policy Series, among others. My goal is to make the ACCI a major policy voice in Nigeria and beyond,” he stated.
The ACCI president said the chamber would sustain the legacy of policy innovations for the various ministries, departments and agencies of government.
Abubakar said the chamber would deepen its engagement with government as the voice of business through various platforms and structures.
He said the target of ACCI was to enhance its capacity to influence policies in favour of business and to provide data driven proposals.
He noted that government could tap from these proposals for economic prosperity through facilitation rather than regulation of the business sector.
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