Iran Seeks Cooperation with SMEDAN on SMEs Development

Iran Seeks Cooperation with SMEDAN on SMEs Development

The Director General of Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), Dr Dikko Umaru Radda, has expressed the agency’s readiness to partner with the Islamic Republic of Iran towards the development of the MSME sub-sector in Nigeria.

Dr Radda told the Iranian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Morteza Rahimi Zarchi, who was on a courtesy visit to the agency, that as members of the D8 Countries, there is need for them to collaborate  to develop the MSMEs sub-sector.

In a statement, the DG expressed the agency’s readiness to work with their Iranian counterpart in the areas of agric business, ICT as well as revival of the 23 industrial development centres in the country.

“We are also willing to understudy what our counterpart in Iran is doing particularly in the MSMEs sub-sector; we are equally ready to share our experience with them,” he said.

Earlier, Ambassador Zarchi had said he was at SMEDAN to familiarise himself with what the agency was doing to develop SMEs in Nigeria. “I am interested in your agency because we have a similar agency in Iran touching the lives of the people,” he added.

He said the MSMEs sector globally is known to be the engine room of economies and as members of the D8 Countries, Nigeria and Iran should be in the forefront of developing the MSMEs sub-sector.

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