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CAC Starts registration of two million small businesses

The Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) has launched a major initiative to register two million small businesses across Nigeria, marking a significant step towards formalizing the sector and unlocking its economic potential. Partnered with Moniepoint, this ambitious drive aims to achieve multiple goals: stimulating economic growth, fostering regulatory compliance, and generating additional tax revenue for the government.

Informal Powerhouse Seeks Formal Recognition

Small businesses are the backbone of the Nigerian economy, contributing an estimated 50% of GDP and employing millions of citizens. However, a large portion of this sector operates informally, hindering its growth and limiting its contribution to the national economy. By bringing these businesses into the formal fold, the CAC hopes to unlock their full potential and create a more vibrant and sustainable economic landscape.

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Streamlined Registration for Easier Compliance

The registration process is designed to be simple and accessible, with Moniepoint serving as a key facilitator. Businesses can register online or through designated centers across the country, with minimal documentation required. The initiative targets micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) operating in various sectors, with specific criteria outlining eligibility. The registration drive is expected to run for a set period, aiming to achieve the ambitious target of two million registrations within the timeframe.

Partnerships Pave the Way for Success

Moniepoint’s extensive network and experience in financial inclusion play a crucial role in reaching out to the vast number of unregistered businesses. Additionally, collaborations with government agencies and other stakeholders are expected to further streamline the process and raise awareness about the initiative.

Formalization: A Pathway to Growth and Prosperity

Formalizing two million businesses holds immense potential for the Nigerian economy. Increased tax revenue can fund vital public services, while improved access to finance, credit, and government support can empower small businesses to grow and create jobs. This initiative is expected to unlock new opportunities for entrepreneurs, contribute to financial inclusion, and ultimately lead to a more robust and diversified economy.

Challenges and the Road Ahead

Despite the potential benefits, challenges remain. Reaching out to unregistered businesses in remote areas and ensuring their awareness of the initiative requires sustained effort. Additionally, streamlining the registration process while maintaining data integrity is crucial. Addressing these challenges effectively will be essential for the success of this ambitious undertaking.

Quotes for Credibility

“This initiative marks a watershed moment for small businesses in Nigeria,” said Alhaji Garba Abubakar, Registrar-General of the CAC. “Formalization will empower our entrepreneurs, unlock economic growth, and generate much-needed revenue for the nation.”

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“We are proud to partner with the CAC in this transformative effort,” said Nkechi Obi, CEO of Moniepoint. “Our extensive network and commitment to financial inclusion will be instrumental in reaching millions of unregistered businesses and bringing them into the formal sector.”

“This is a positive step towards a more vibrant and sustainable economy,” said Adebola Jones, President of the National Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (NASME). “We urge all eligible businesses to take advantage of this opportunity and formalize their operations.”

Conclusion

The CAC’s initiative to register two million small businesses is a bold step towards formalizing the sector and unlocking its immense potential. With streamlined processes, strategic partnerships, and a focus on overcoming challenges, this initiative has the potential to transform the Nigerian economy and empower millions of entrepreneurs. The success of this ambitious drive will be closely watched, marking a potentially pivotal moment for the nation’s economic landscape.

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