Tuesday, February 19, 2019 10.00AM /
Ottoabasi Abasiekong for Proshare WebTV
Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council, PEBEC chaired by the
Vice-President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo,SAN has been the driver of the “Ease of
Doing Business” reforms in Nigeria has been working assiduously to implement
reforms across the nation, that will position it as a leading player in the “
Global Doing Business Index”.
inception in 2016, PEBEC has embraced collaboration with stakeholders
especially in the private sector and has focused on eleven (11) core areas;
- Starting a
- Getting a
with Construction Permits
- Selling to
& Exit of People
further insight into this Proshare WebTV engaged Mr Jude Oboh, the Reform
Leader, Trade Cluster, the Enabling Business Environment Secretariat.
Enabling Business Environment Secretariat is responsible for coordinating the
activities of PEBEC.
interview, we identified the impact of the Ease of Doing Business reforms as it
relates to “Trading Across Borders” in Nigeria.
Trading Processes (Import and Export)
In the area
of improving the trading processes covering the import and export businesses in
Nigeria, Mr Jude Oboh of EBES said some of the key reforms carried out by the
Reform leader, highlighted the following;
- The opening
up of Form M to improve the import processes in the country
- Opening up
the Letter of Credit to enhance trading
import processes are done electronically
of the number of days for processing import documents from 14 to 8
of the number of days for processing export documents from 10 to 7
Digitization of Pre-Shipment Inspection Processes required for Exports
- The Trade
Cluster group of EBES has worked with the Central Bank of Nigeria to ensure that within 24hrs, Form M
required for Imports are issued.
- The Trade
Cluster group of EBES has worked with related agencies on improving the
pre-shipment exercises for exports
- The Trade
Cluster group also worked with the Ministry of Finance to ensure the
Certificates for Capital Importation, CCI are issued within 48 hours.
Cargo Arrivals at the Ports
- Cargo: The
Trade Cluster Group working with the Nigeria Customs Service, to ensure the
PAAR(Pre-Arrival Assessment Report) is issued within a day, from the 7
days, the request is made for information documentation.
- A major
landmark reform from the EBES reforms according to Mr Oboh, is the achievement
of a 24-hour operation for the Ports in Nigeria, beginning with the Apapa
- To enable
the issues of clearance of cargoes at the ports, the TCG has reformed the
process for Shipping lines to transmit their manifest a week before arrival.
- A mandatory
transmission and issuance of rotation number to enable quick clearance of
cargoes on arrival.
- Through the
reforms, the Nigerian Customs Service has developed a platform to drive
automation of its service, which allows people to pay their duties from the
comfort of their homes.
- With the
EBES reforms, the Multiple cargo inspection has been eliminated and now there
is a Joint-Cargo Inspection team led by the Customs Service with other
agencies, to drive efficiency and create an enabling environment for clearance
of cargoes at the ports
Cluster Group of the Enabling Business Enabling Secretariat has been working on
the soft infrastructure of processes, policies and systems to create an
enabling environment in Nigeria.
the opening up of Apapa wharf road to ease the gridlock from the port, is an
attestation to the reforms carried out by the Trade Cluster Group in EBES.
Omnibus Bill- Addressing Complaints
When asked about the proposed Omnibus bill
which is being pushed by the EBES, with a view prompt resolution of complaints
Mr Oboh said the legal team in the secretariat is carrying out a comprehensive
work, gaining the feedback and complaints of stakeholders to ensure a robust
framework that addresses issues in the business environment.
question for the remarkable work carried out so far by PEBEC is its
sustainability, barring any change in government courtesy the 2019 general
Mr Oboh in
his response said the PEBEC reforms are driven by the Ministries,
Departments and Agencies.
noted that the Executive Order O1 issued by then Acting President Prof Yemi
Osinbajo, SAN is pushing for transparency in the business environment.
Executive Order MDAs are
mandated to update their websites with the services they provide and the
MDAs send a monthly report to the
Head Of Service , Servicom and EBES office on service delivery
Next Level Plans of EBES Trading Cluster Group
Speaking on the next level for the activities of
the Trading Cluster Group of EBES, Mr Jude Oboh identified three areas that
will be top priority;
- Digital NXP
Form: Which will help in the effective processing of the activities of
Exporters, the Reform leader said the NXP form will help to digitize the
Call Up Systems: The “Call Up Systems” is to be developed to achieve effective
monitoring of trucks moving in and out of the ports.
- Develop a
National Trading Platform: When fully developed and launched it will
improve the trading process in the country.
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