Understanding Nigeria’s doing business reform cycle
10 February 2019 | 3:00 pm
Following Nigeria's drop in the World Bank's Doing Business Rankings, PEBEC Secretary and Senior Special Assistant to the President on Industry, Trade, and Investment, Jumoke Oduwole says the strategy to ensure that the efforts of the Enabling Business Environment Secretariat are commensurate with the results of the rankings is to ensure that information is made available to stakeholders.
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