The third circle of the Institution’s flagship- Business Environment and Competitiveness Across Nigeria States (BECANS) formally kicked off on the April 22, 2014 with the inaugural meeting of the interim Technical Working Group (TWG). The ultimate goal of BECANS is to promote evidence-based reforms of the business environment in Nigeria, with focus on the subnational jurisdictions (state and local governments). The initiative is designed to supply independent research-based evidence on the business environment across Nigerian states, in an ongoing manner such as the evidence is essential to inform and influence advocacy by non-state actors (particularly private sector organizations) and improve the quality of dialogue between government, private sector and civil society.
The meeting to commence the project brought members of the TWG together to prepare ground for the framework as it affects the benchmarks, indicators, methodology and work-plan for the study and dissemination activities. This would be carried out bearing in mind the current business and economic realities in Nigeria.
Welcoming the TWG, the Executive Director,Dr. Ifediora Amobi appreciated the researchers and explained the reasons behind the delay experienced for more than one year in commencing the project. Dr. Amobi said the Institution could now start the project since the parallel study which led to the delay had been completed. He disclosed that Professor Eric Eboh would lead the team based on his rich experience of doing same in BECANS I and II which would serve as intellectual assets for the study.
Professor Eboh appreciated the Executive Director, and promised to put in his best to ensure that the study fulfil its objectives. He said emphasis would be placed on buying-in of the primary users- the state government, the private sector and other critical stakeholders. BECANS III is scheduled to be disseminated nationally by November 2014 while other advocacy and dissemination activities will take place across the six geo-political zones of the country subsequently.