The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) has appointed CEO of the Tony Elumelu Foundation, Ifeyinwa Ugochukwu, as a member of the National Steering Committee of the National Business Development Service Providers Certification and Accreditation Framework.
The appointment is in relation to the work of the Tony Elumelu Foundation, a major stakeholder in the development of the MSMEs sub-sector in Nigeria, and across Africa.
In the past four years, SMEDAN has worked assiduously with its development partner MAFITA, a UKaid funded intervention in Nigeria to develop the National Framework for the certification and accreditation of Business Development Service Providers (BDSPs), and will provide professional support to MSMEs in Nigeria. This accreditation will help set, structure and systemise standardised curriculum for the deployment of relevant business development services for all functional areas of any small business. It will see prospective participants going through a training, assessment, and portfolio development for those who have not yet had any transactional history of working with small businesses.
To achieve this, SMEDAN has constituted the National Steering Committee (NSC) to ensure that the National BDSPs Framework takes off seamlessly.
According to the statement, the members of the NSC are drawn from public sector institutions, credible private sector institutions, and highly experienced and knowledgeable individuals.