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FG inaugurates 3 digital products to support MSMEs

The Federal Government has inaugurated three unique digital products designed and developed for the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to improve their sales, update skills and enhance knowledge.

The Minister of State for industry, trade and investment Mariam Katagum, said during the inauguration of the products virtually, said plans were underway to use Nigerian local languages in training programmes at the MSMEs Digital Academy.

The three digital products, MARKETHUB APP, MSMEs Digital Academy and MSMEs Equipment Exhibition Portal were developed by the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN).

Ambassador Katagum said the initiative was aimed at supporting the MSMEs in Nigeria to attain excellence in their operations, towards creating job opportunities, wealth and poverty alleviation.

She commended SMEDAN and her partners on their efforts to spur economic growth by spearheading the development and diversification of MSMEs in Nigeria through robust technological deployments.

To this end, she said the productivity of the MSMEs could be further enhanced through technological innovation and engaging in Research and Development related activities.

Earlier, the Director General of SMEDAN Dr Dikko Radda, said in line with its mandate, SMEDAN partnered with indigenous and strategic organisations within the Digital Space to bring forth unique initiatives to boost the development of MSMEs in the country and beyond.

Dr Radda described THE MARKETHUB as a one-stop online convergence of all MSMEs, positioned to be the number one Business Directory App in Nigeria to visit, upload and check out uploaded businesses and services with contact details.

He then described MSMEs Digital Academy as the first major Online Learning Place for MSMEs in Nigeria and across Africa, where small business owners, their employees, freelancers, and new business owners could acquire skills.

The SMEDAN boss urged Nigerians to utilise the platforms as they were embedded with a world of global business opportunities.

Victoria Chimezie

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