I have been interviewing and studying entrepreneurs in Africa for more than a quarter of a century and I have often wondered whether is the lack of will on the side of many entrepreneurs to get down into the grimy world of industry. After all, it is not as sexy as IT, or the digital world, and it is less likely to get you into the glossy magazines on TV chat shows.
On the sidelines of the maiden edition of Nigeria’s Digital Economy Summit, Niyi Adebayo, Nigeria’s Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment spoke to CNBC Africa’s Christy Cole on plans in place to leverage the country’s digital economy in to facilitate trade.
On the sidelines of President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to South Africa – to discuss proposed solutions to issues impacting trade relations between Nigeria and South Africa, CNBC Africa’s Karabo caught up with Nigeria’s Minister of State, Industry, Trade and Investment, Mariam Katagum for more.
Earlier this week, National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda shared that Rwanda’s economic growth grew by 12.2 per cent from April to June this year, compared to 6.7 per cent in the same period last year. Also the Ministry of Trade and Industry shared the government’s plans to upgrade and construct new strategic petroleum reserves in a bid to improve the country’s fuel security. Joining us to digest this and more, Collins Mwai, Journalist of The New Times Rwanda joins CNBC Africa for more.
Jumoke Oduwole, Secretary of the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council and Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Industry, Trade, and Investment says Nigeria's government is ready to support businesses to deliver on the potential the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) brings. She links up with CNBC Africa Esther Awoniyi for more.
Following the launch of a new reform cycle by Nigeria's Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Nigeria's Enabling Business Environment Secretariat held a stakeholder meeting with Ministries, Departments and Agencies and the private sector in Lagos to discuss new business reforms. CNBC's Africa Christy Cole caught up with Nigeria's Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah, who says despite Nigeria's drop in World Bank's Doing Business Ranking, the country's objective to advance into the top 100 by the year 2020, remains on track.
Nigeria's Minster of Industry, Trade and Investment Okechukwu Enelamah says the country is working with its European clients to address issues causing rejection of agricultural exports. CNBC Africa had this chat on side-lines of the First Bank Agric Expo, held in Lagos.