Rivers will replicate German SMEs model – Gov. Amaechi

A cross-section of Nigeria governors on a visit to Germany in September 2012

The governor, who toured Germany with his contemporaries, says he has already picked some ideas for his state.

Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, says his administration will replicate the German model of small and medium scale enterprises development to address the challenges confronting prospective entrepreneurs in the state.

The governor said this on Monday in Berlin, Germany.

Mr. Amaechi, who is also the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors´ Forum (NGF), is leading a delegation of the forum on a tour of Germany. The delegation includes the governors of Enugu, Niger, Plateau, Borno and Katsina States.

The governors are understudying the German federal system of government, with a view to replicating the best practices in their respective states. The tour was organised by the forum in collaboration with the German Agency for International Cooperation.

“I have always had this idea that if you want to do your private business go and do your private business with your own fund. But with what we have seen here, we have seen that it is challenging for the people to need funds to establish their business.

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“And when the companies grow, they raise taxes from there too, so, that way the government sustains itself and sustains the society,” Mr. Amaechi said.

The governor also said that his administration would send a bill to the state’s House of Assembly for the creation of the Rivers State Economic Development and Employment Generation Agency. He said a special fund would also be reserved for the establishment of new businesses by prospective entrepreneurs in addition to sustaining the growth of existing ones.

Mr. Amaechi said he has made arrangements with officials of the German vocational institution to replicate such institutions in Port Harcourt city.

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