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Involve The Private Sector in Policy Making- Amb. Ocheger

Monday, 12th November 2018
Mr. Paul Babatunde Ruwase (left) shaking hands with Amb. Nelson Ocheger after the meeting
African governments should endeavour to consult the private sector before making policies aimed at accelerating economic growth and development in the continent, Amb. Nelson Ocheger has said.

He made these comments while meeting Mr. Paul Babatunde Ruwase (FCA), the President of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry at the side lines of the just concluded 2018 Lagos International Trade Fair.

Amb. Ocheger emphasised that governments can only create environments conducive for business start-up and growth after establishing the real needs of the private sector. In this way, he said, the private sector can meaningfully partner with the public sector to add value to local raw materials, create jobs, widen the tax base thereby contributing to economic growth.

He reiterated the need for the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry to establish close relations with the Uganda National Chamber of Commerce and Industry to scale up commercial and economic cooperation between the Republic of Uganda and the Lagos State Government. The later has a population of 22 million people.

In his response, Mr. Paul Babatunde assured his guest that business cooperation between states can only be possible when governments put the private sector at the centre of making decisions that affect trade and investment. He added that African governments need to borrow a leaf from their European counterparts that have for a long time involved the private sector in making policies that affect business growth.

He welcomed the call for the two Chambers to work closely adding that such a relationship can equally feed into the regional cooperation agenda thereby contributing to African integration.

Mr. Babatunde thanked Amb. Nelson Ocheger for honouring his invitation to visit the Trade Fair and more importantly attend the closing ceremony.

The meeting was attended by Mr. Yusuf Muda, the Director General of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Source: Uganda High Commission, Abuja