NESG urges FG to take active steps in growing economy
Nigeria Economic Summit Group (NESG), a private sector think tank that promotes sustainable growth and development in the Nigerian economy, has called on the Federal Government to make necessary moves in pushing the country’s economy forward.
This was expressed in a statement signed by Asue Ighodalo, chairman, Board of Directors, NESG, following the first 2020 meeting of the NESG board members.
Following the review of the global and domestic economy, NESG affirmed that the Nigerian economy despite being on the path to recovery following the 2016 recession remained fragile and susceptible to shocks owing to changes in external conditions and oil price fluctuations.
The Board noted that 10 out of the 46 sectors of the economy, contributing approximately 27.1 percent of output, contracted in 2019 partly caused by issues that include rising incidences of insecurity and continuing closure of the nation’s borders.
The NESG commended the efforts of the government in easing the business environment, but called for more reformations to fully achieve conducive business environment.
According to the statement, “The NESG acknowledges continuing progress on Ease of Doing Business and commends the work of the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC), The next level of reform which will further improve Ease of Doing Business must focus on areas which include: Power Supply; Ports Administration; and Rail Infrastructure Development.”
The Board also proffered that the country must leverage the Public-private Partnership (PPP) model to tackle the challenge of infrastructure financing. Therefore, it urged the government to strengthen laws governing PPP agreements and also demonstrate commitment towards maintaining the agreements and protecting investors.
Regarding the African Continental Free Trade Area (AFCFTA) agreement, the Board noted that there was need to commence work towards ensuring alignment of domestic policies and regulations with the agreement, adding that it was necessary to accelerate the implementation of trade readiness priorities in order to gain maximum benefit from AFCFTA.