SEDIN Program – Nigeria Competitiveness Project

Nigeria’s economic performance is primarily driven by resource intensive activities, namely the oil and gas industries, with limited progress recorded in other sectors, especially agriculture and manufacturing. The competitiveness of Nigeria’s private sector and trade remains crucial for a stronger integration of the country into the regional and world market, and MSMEs play a central role in this process and in the creation of jobs.

The overall objective of the co-financed action is to strengthen the competitiveness of Nigeria and enhance the country’s integration into the regional and international trading system. The Project concerns the development of the Value Chains Leather and Garment, Tomato/Chili (Horticulture), and Ginger. Focus states are Kano, Kaduna, Plateau, Ogun, Oyo, Lagos and Abia.

Services provided
Component 1, Output 1.1: at the micro level entrepreneurs along the four value chains will be supported through capacity development and the facilitation of innovations:

  • Coaching and training of entrepreneurs along the selected value chains
  • Development and dissemination of innovations for business development
  • Introduction of ICT for business development
  • Support to the introduction of quality management and product standards

Component 2, Output 1.2: at the meso level business support organizations (BSO) will be strengthened in their capabilities for service provision to value chain-specific entrepreneurs:

  • Business modelling support to service providers
  • Facilitation of cooperation linkages among value chain stakeholders
  • Matchmaking with international business partners
  • Development of branding and marketing activities

Component 3, Output 2.1: at the macro level public institutions will be supported in their roles of adapting the regulatory framework for entrepreneurship development and of providing market and trade information:

  • Strengthening of advocacy capabilities for the private sector
  • Introduction of public-private dialogue mechanisms
  • Provision of data and information to the Trade Information Portal
  • Facilitation of access to finance for value chain stakeholders

Project steering and M&E

  • Design and implement an M&E system in close cooperation with the overall program and local stakeholders
  • Support the collection of baseline data for output and outcome indicators and support their regular monitoring
  • Prepare and update monitoring data sheets