SMEs get support to boost the economy through ICT

Nnenna Okoronkwo, Abuja

The Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry in partnership with the Zariah Elizabeth Foundation is set to support SMEs through the use of ICT to promote businesses within and around Abuja with an initiative called ICTHUB.

According to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the initiative will give SME owners the opportunity to interact and discuss ideas that will generate sustainable growth for the economy.

“Since, one of the aim of Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry is to develop capacities and to support SMEs in order to develop the nation, we have created the platform for our youth to interact for possible collaboration amidst themselves on viable projects that can turn the country’s economy around for good which will make them develop bespoke ICT solutions (Made in Nigeria Solutions) which was our theme for the last Abuja International trade fair we organised” Professor Adesoji Adesugba, VP ICT, Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry stated.

To this end, the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry has empowered McAnderson Associates to develop a solution called “Website as a Service”.

Mr. Adedeji Babatunde, a business developer at McAnderson Associates explained that “Website as a Service (WaaS) takes every hassle of running a reputable web presence of businesses by developing, hosting and managing the website of companies”.

“The importance of SMEs to the economy cannot be over emphasised, we understand that the Market woman who started a provision shop with great deals needs publicity and as a Small scale business it would be difficult to set out huge budget for such, the young farmer that packages peanuts in a trendy plastic also needs to make his brand known” he stated.

He said the initiative would help businesses scale up their sales by creating the necessary visibility and awareness they need through an affordable website solution.

“McAnderson Associates has developed a solution to create a bridge between the business owners and people who need their services. Running small and medium scale enterprises in Nigeria is one of the most difficult things because of the economic environment. It is as a result of this economic environment that many small and medium scale enterprises collapse or operate on the margins. Several organisations have come up with ideas that have failed but McAnderson Associates intends to help businesses scale up their sales by creating the necessary visibility and awareness they need through an affordable website solution”.

Mr Babatunde also urged SME owners to key into this initiative by logging on to their website www.mcandersonassociates.com.

The Executive Director of the Zariah Elizabeth Foundation, Mr. Akindayo Akindolani who described the initiative as ground breaking, said that in view of dwindling oil prices and unemployment rate, Nigerians have to look into other means of diversifying the economy.

Mr Akindolani explained that this service would support SMEs by giving them an affordable website to advertise their products and boost sales by making it easily accessible.

He noted that thriving businesses should have websites where goods and services are rendered online to consumers.