Sarith Sani Idris
The Small Business and Industrial Association of Nigeria seeks UN support to boost the country’s small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and industrial sector.
The association’s president, Solomon Daniel, appealed in a telephone interview with the Nigeria News Agency (NAN) on Sunday in Abuja.
Daniel, who is currently attending the 5th UN Conference on Least Developed Countries (LCDs) in Doha, Qatar, urged the inclusion of Nigerian SMEs among the beneficiaries of the planned intervention package.
He said the UN needed to save the situation from further escalation as the outbreak of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic had a negative impact on them.
“We are calling on economically viable organizations under the United Nations to support small and medium enterprises in developing countries.
The UN Secretary-General said he was asking for help to assist developing countries in the areas of education, health, women and empowerment.
Similarly, Abubakar Tanko, the association’s treasurer, said Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani had pledged $60 million to help developing countries.
Tanko also said the association has prepared a comprehensive document to be submitted to the United Nations on how best to support Nigerian SMEs through the federal government.
“The United Nations is committed to enabling developed countries to help developing countries overcome challenges such as security, economics and climate change,” he said.
Under the theme of “From Possibilities to Prosperity,” the conference, which will be held from March 5 to 9, is expected to be an opportunity to win the support of the international community.
It aims to accelerate the sustainable development of the least developed countries (LCDs) and support their progress towards achieving prosperity. (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)
Edited by Yinusa Ishola/Bashir Rabe Mani
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