GoOnline Nigeria announces empowerment plan for SMEs

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GoOnline Nigeria has announced the imminent roll-out of its business growth programme for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) across Nigeria to equip the ecosystem lead competitiveness in the digital age.

Delivered by an alliance of programme partners and SME growth drivers across the technology, Internet, payments, financial services, media and allied industries, GoOnline Nigeria is a business growth programme for SMEs in Nigeria.

Executive Director of Programmes, GoOnline Nigeria, Foluso Busari, announced at a stakeholders’ retreat held in Lagos on Saturday that the programme will aggregate Nigerian entrepreneurs and SMEs to lead and unlock business innovation, efficiency, competitiveness and profitability in the digital age.

According to Mr Busari, GoOnline Nigeria programme partners representing SME growth drivers in the technology, banking and financial services, media and other sectors have partnered with a shared vision to unlock entrepreneurial possibilities that foster innovation, job creation and overall economic growth across the SME ecosystem in Nigeria.

According to him, “SMEs are a very important component of the Nigerian economy and are regarded as engine of sustainable growth. SMEs also hold potentials to contribute higher proportion to GDP in Nigeria with targeted initiatives like GoOnline Nigeria to unlock potentials in the sector and build a stronger SME sector. Consistent commitment to the development of strong SMEs sector can be unlocked by implementing initiatives like access to finance and financial incentives; basic and technological infrastructure and a commitment to building domestic expertise and knowledge.”

The phased programme will feature online business communities, monthly learning & networking experiences, quarterly and annual online as well as physical showcase events, according to the GoOnline Nigeria Programmes Director.

“We are positive that GoOnline Nigeria will be the next wave for SMEs in Nigeria by creating a sustainable path to accelerate online revenue growth and profitability. The programme will enable SMEs across Nigeria generate higher percentage of revenues from Internet storefronts to complement their physical storefronts”, Busari concluded.