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Anambra to re-jig ease of doing biz tool

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AS part of Anambra State Government’s vision of being the number one business destination in the country, the state government has intensified efforts on the ease of doing business in the state.

The state deputy governor, Nkem Okeke stated this at the workshop ‘Improving the Ease of Doing Business in Anambra State’ organised by Anambra State in collaboration with the World Bank, held in Awka.

Dr Okeke, who reiterated the readiness of the state government to implement any policy or recommendation that will drive the state economic gains, said the ease of doing business in the state was a collective effort and every arm of the state government must be involved.

“When we work to be effective, it makes productivity speak for us. What this means is that it will not only attract more investments but also increases the state internally generated revenue”.

Speaking at the workshop, the World Bank representative, Nneka Enwozor called for improved business practices in the state. The business module, she said, besides raising the profile of the state will attract investments and provide more jobs for the citizens of the state, which is the best way to improve the welfare of the state.

“For successful business reforms in the state, there has to be the political will to carry out the reforms. The government should set up institutional structures that will have to look into the reforms, be able to communicate with the public. And then make sure these reforms backed by law are institutionalised and actually last beyond your government.”

In his remarks, the state Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget Development, Mark Okoye, said that  much had been done to increase the state’s business profile. He pointed out that the ease of doing business in the state has direct correlation with the ability to generate revenue in Anambra. And that revenue has a direct correlation to the policy, quality of effectiveness of service delivery of our ministries.

“If all our ministries harmonise all the procedures the World Bank suggested, we will be more effective and productive. We must understand that these loopholes have direct impact on our effectiveness and ability to deliver quality service to the people of Anambra”.

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