The Katsina State Government has reiterated its determination to create an enabling environment to achieve its ease of doing business goals and make the state more business and investor friendly.
The reaffirmation came during a three-day retreat on the ease of doing business on the State Action on Business Enabling Reform (SABER) program organized by the state government in conjunction with the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC ).
Deputy State Governor Mannir Yakubu said the meeting was timely and timely. He said Governor Aminu Bello Masari had set up and even launched the State Steering Committee on Ease of Doing Business in 2020 as part of the state government’s commitment to ensure that the Katsina State remains business and investor friendly.
Yakubu said, “I was appointed chairman of the steering committee as a sign of the administration’s political will towards a coordinated implementation of business environment reforms. The committee also includes key ministries, departments, relevant agencies, MDAs and other relevant federal establishments.
The Deputy Governor further stated that the Steering Committee is mandated to, among others, coordinate the implementation of trade reforms, in particular to review and improve the service delivery of MDAs to MSMEs and the private sector.
Yakubu further pointed out that doing business in Katsina remains relatively easy compared to many other states.
He cited as an example that the World Bank, in its 2018 subnational report on the ease of doing business in Nigeria, recognized that business practices in Katsina are improving rapidly.
Katsina was ranked fifth for property registration and contract enforcement indicators, sixth for business start-up and tenth for contract permits, while in 2021 an EODB survey ranked the state ninth. rank on 11 indicators.
The Deputy Governor said the retreat is designed to be interactive and brainstorming to keep attendees abreast of expectations from the implementation of reform initiatives.