Global leaders at the second edition of United Bank for Africa (UBA) African Day Conversations, have emphasised the need for meaningful collaborations between governments and the private sector as a panacea for the quick recovery of the economy of the African continent post-Covid-19.
The leaders which included the President of Liberia, H.E George Weah; United States Senator Chris Coons; the President & Chairman of the Board of Directors of the African Export–Import Bank (AFREXIMBANK), Professor Benedict Okey Oramah; President, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Peter Maurer; President spoke on Monday at the virtual Leadership Panel which was moderated by the Chairman, UBA Plc, Tony Elumelu.
Other leading voices who made up the panel were the Founder, Africa CEO Forum, Amir Ben Yahmed; the Secretary-General of the African Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP), H.E George Chikoti; Administrator, United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Achim Steiner and Donald Kaberuka.
While moderating, Elumelu, who is also the Founder of the Tony Elumelu Foundation, spoke on the need to mobilise everyone and explained the necessity to discover a more fundamental solution to Africa’s challenges through collaborative efforts.
“This is the time for us to deal with the situation we have and also forge a better situation for everyone, acting again collectively,” he said. “This is not the time for finger pointing but for collaborative effort by governments and organizations to fight the pandemic globally.”
Continuing, Elumelu pointed out that all hands must be on deck if the African continent is to have a quick recovery from the pandemic, adding “There is need to flatten the curve, we need global co-operation to stem global depression. Africa requires a large stimulus package, and we need long-term solutions to prevent a cycle of debt.”
In his submission, the Liberian President, George Weah, established how collaborations worked in his government in an attempt to stem the sufferings brought about the coronavirus pandemic.
“In Liberia we have taken measures to ease the financial burden on vulnerable business in the informal sector by providing small loan assistance to SMEs and traders. In addition, we are working with commercial banks to manage the repayment of loans as well as to create stimulus packages for citizens.”
On his part, US, Senator Chris Coons, said, “It is important to take a moment to look at how African leaders have reacted to the pandemic. In order for us to recover from this pandemic, we must develop a vaccine that is free and affordable and freely distributed so that full economic activities can return. There are ways we can invest in debt relief, invest in infrastructure, and human development. This is no time to be looking backwards. We recognise the power of collective collaboration on the continent.”
While pointing out that the pandemic poses an opportunity for Africa to be independent and promote its growth and development as a people without external help; Prof. Benedict Okey Oramah, on his part, said COVID 19 has taught Africa that there comes a time when every group of people will fend for themselves.
He called for the swift implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement, adding, “The priority of government should be to make sure that the AfCFTA gets implemented without delay. If there was any doubt about the importance of that agreement, this pandemic has told us that this is the way to go.”
Continuing, Oramah said, “The pandemic has shown so many weaknesses we have across our continent. We know that hunger is looming if we do not do anything. If we allow hunger to take over from the COVID 19 pandemic, we will begin to see political problems filling in. For Africa the problems go beyond health challenges to other areas such as food supply. Hunger is looming and if action is not taken, Africa will see political problem. Africa has become the epicenter of the economic devastation that this pandemic has unleashed upon us.”
While disclosing that Afrexim has made available $200million to supply fertilizers and grains amongst others across Africa, the Afrexim boss added that “If Africa allows hunger takeover the people, it will see an increase in insecurity, which will take a long time to overcome.”
George Chikoti of ACP, said that the huge task of economic recovery on the continent, rests on both the government and the private sector. “The responsibility of COVID-19 does not rest on the government alone, the private sector needs to play a big role in lifting the burden of the pandemic. African governments need to accept the support of the Private Sector in alleviating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Africa,” he said.
“We have been able to release $25m to all member states. One of the major challenges is to make sure that in all countries, we have agricultural activity and high productivity. What we should learn from the impact of this pandemic is that the international community can look at how well they can fund all these initiatives that come from our countries,” Chikoti added.
Achim Steiner of the UNDP noted that Digital connectivity is very essential as it is a crucial opportunity to connect all schools across the continent, adding that emphasis on Healthcare is also very important. “Digital connectivity is very crucial to connect schools to the internet. We need to address inequality; also, the virus has put a spotlight on Africa’s healthcare system. Africa needs to look at intermediate strategies like micro-insurance to ramp up this sector. Healthcare has the ability to make a large percentage of the occupation fall into extreme poverty.
“What we need to look at is to find a way for government as a regulator and also as an investor, to leverage private sector investment into these areas” Steiner said.
Peter Maurer, President, ICRC, said there is the need to look at pandemics as part of a broader health system which needs stabilisation; A lot of vulnerable populations in Africa have been heavily infected by the pandemic. “We must do more than life-saving. This pandemic has illustrated the weakness of health, water, sanitation, and social systems, and we have to heavily invest into the stabilization of these systems.
Throwing more light on this, Maurer said, “Two things need to follow after live saving during the pandemic. First, the pandemic has illustrated the weak situation of health, water and food systems and we need to heavily invest both by the public and private sectors to stabilize the health sector. Secondly, investment has always gone into the more developed parts of Africa and not the fragile parts. We need Private Public Partnerships and investments by multi-corporate institutions to develop these areas” he noted.
Amir Yahmed said the crisis is going to be a super accelerator of already existing trends. “We have to get away from the commodity driven model which has failed in creating prosperity. Secondly, self-reliance should be one of the major objectives. The pandemic is wake up call for Africa – Creating new streams of revenue and self-reliance by the African continent.
“We need to use this crisis to take Africa to the next level. This crisis is going to be a super accelerator of already existing trends. I think it has to be a wake-up call for us to attain goals we haven’t reached. Create new revenues for the economy. We also need to attain self-reliance. Self reliance is an important goal. Africa manufactures [only] 2% of what it produces. We need to use this crisis to take Africa to the next level. Invest in digital infrastructure, digital education, agriculture is another opportunity we need to grab. We need to get the AFCTA working,” Yamed said.
Donald Kaberuka on his part opined that “What we need (for this crisis) is something unusual, it is not business as usual. It is not marginal action, it is radical action.”
Remitano launches Mission, a new online job market for crypto lovers
Remitano introduces Missions, a simple, short-term task platform that anyone can do and get paid for.
Remitano, global P2P crypto exchange, has just launched a new online job market – Mission, the platform’s latest element in its push to realize its full potential and open a new window of employment opportunities to crypto users.
Missions are simple, short-term tasks that anyone can do and get paid for. For example, “Share a Remitano post on Facebook.” The new online job market will provide a range of ‘easy and quick apply’ jobs (mission) for crypto lovers wishing to have additional earnings. This way, applicants can skate through the application process and land jobs fast.
As of the August 2020 announcement, Remitano already released a set of guidelines for users looking to take advantage of the offerings. The guide includes:
- Highlights of the missions
- Steps to apply
- Application requirements
Complete a Mission and Get Instant Crypto
While the internet has become the most vital channel for personal recruiting, and people consider different aspects of a job to be fulfilling, some common elements include work-life balance, growth, and a strong work community. Remitano’s newest mission is geared towards promoting similar values and keeping like–minds meaningfully engaged with the crypto community.
Furthermore, Remitano is thrilled to collaborate with greenhorns interested in building along with it. Hence, if you’re new to cryptocurrency trading and wish to maximize your earnings or want a legitimate way to get instant crypto without purchasing it, you can create a free Remitano account, and join the mission for the next job on hand.
Why You Might Want to Join Remitano’s Mission
- A side job: If you’re looking to expand your income or even monetize your free time, missions are ready for the taking. You will be poised to earn extra cash by helping to present Remitano’s ideas across the internet.
- More remote flexibility: with more people working from home, having a practical and comfortable working space is more important than ever. Remitano encourages this by providing digitized work environments for its employees’ remote adaptability.
- Unlimited geography: missions are for everyone, no matter where they are. Job seekers can access available online jobs from anywhere and apply for roles they fit into.
- Streamlined application: applicants only need to prep and submit requisites and certificates, allowing you to walkover face-to-face interviews
- Instant credit of cryptocurrency: once a mission is completed, successful candidates will receive instant crypto remuneration to their Remitano wallets.
Remitano is a product of Babylons Solutions Limited based in Seychelles. As a fast-moving marketplace, Remitano’s purpose is to offer a robust, quality trading experience to all users. With necessary safety standards in place, buyers and sellers can come together, store, trade, and retrieve assets, thus minimizing challenges common to crypto exchanges.
Launched in 2014, Remitano is a global cryptocurrency exchange serving international markets, such as Malaysia, China, Nigeria, Vietnam, Australia, Cambodia, and Indonesia.
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Are SMEs the solution to Nigeria’s wailing economy?
MTN Nigeria commenced The Revv Program to mitigate the effects of the pandemic on SMEs across Nigeria.
The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic this year has been a major disaster to several sectors including the financial sector. The ensuing lockdown affected the global economy tremendously. SMEs in Nigeria were among the worst hit.
According to a survey published by the Fate Foundation and BudgIT on the ‘Impact of COVID-19 on Nigerian SMEs’, 94.3% of the total 1,943 respondents said the pandemic has negatively affected their business.
Back in 2017, the Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) sector comprising approximately 40 million SMEs contributed an estimated 48% to Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and employed 84% of the country’s entire workforce, according to a National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) report released in 2018.
GDP is an important indicator of a country’s economic power. According to the NBS, Nigeria’s 2017 GDP was worth about N113.7 billion. Of that amount, the SME sector contributed 48%; that’s two percent short of half the total amount. This value provided by SMEs, which ensures the smooth running of the country, is why they are referred to as the bedrock of the economy.
But this was before the pandemic and the accompanying lockdown that resulted in an unprecedented economic tailspin affecting business operations, consumer spending, loss of jobs, and livelihoods. According to the Fate Foundation and BudgIT survey, off the businesses still managing to stay afloat, 72.1% cannot find the cash flow to continue running their business, and 59.2% are struggling to increase their revenue base.
When asked in what area they want to be supported, 72.1% answered with cash flow; 67.7% said they’ll need support to make sales; 89.4% want the federal government to provide them with funding; 33.8% need access to markets; 74% want the private sector to support with funding; and 62.9% want business support.
Recently, MTN Nigeria commenced an initiative tagged The Revv Program to mitigate the effects of the pandemic on small businesses across Nigeria. Working with relevant stakeholders, subject-matter experts, and the company’s executives, the program aims to support over 10,000 small businesses.
At the virtual launch, Chief Executive Officer, MTN Nigeria, Ferdi Moolman, called on large corporates to join MTN and “strongly position themselves to support SMEs as a foundation to the growth of a stronger economy going into 2021 and beyond”, saying “The Revv Programme is our way of standing with SMEs in their journey to rise through these challenging times.”
Adopting a four-pronged approach that includes masterclass sessions, support with productivity tools, access to market and advisory initiatives, the programme seeks to help SMEs relearn, readjust, and retool their businesses. The masterclasses which have been held weekly since August 18 focuses on core areas of business management as part of a broader strategy to uplift the SMEs.
This will be followed by the selection of The Y’ello 200 (two hundred top-performing SMEs from the sessions) that will enjoy exclusive access to a broad range of technology and productivity tools and services absolutely free, for a period of six months. They will also receive productivity support to enhance their business performance, in addition to access to MTN’s media assets for product marketing, which will open up new market opportunities for their business’ growth and expansion.
The majority of the small businesses affected by the pandemic are facing funding problems. The first masterclass, themed “Accessing the Right Funding for Your Business”, addressed this need. MTN Nigeria’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Modupe Kadri, together with other subject-matter experts threw light on ways SMEs can access funding from investors, and the role a properly managed cash flow system plays. “Anybody that wants to advance some securities to you will want to know the strength of your cash flow management; how you generate the income streams and how you’re going to keep the lead on that. The same thing also applies to your costs”, Kadri said.
In a subsequent masterclass themed, “Setting Up Your Business for Success: The Technology Advantage”, the Chief Enterprise Business Officer of MTN Nigeria, Lynda Saint-Nwafor shared that the concern for SMEs is at the core of The Revv programme. “We have the interest of SMEs at heart and whilst we do not provide all the services that are applicable, we are willing to partner with organisations that provide access to technology tools that are relevant to SMEs on a platform that makes it easy for them to access at the right price”, according to Lynda.
The Revv Programme will not be the first time MTN is supporting small businesses in the country. In 2018 the company launched the viral “Man In The Box” campaign with commendable outcomes for SMEs in the country. The idea was to support small businesses with technology solutions and create awareness for them by showcasing their businesses in the “Box” to the entire world.
For 24 hours and for free, selected businesses were showcased within the “Box” on LED screens, and across MTN’s social media platforms. Man In The Box was a huge success; it awakened Nigerians to the enormous untapped possibilities that litter the SME space. SMEs that were featured in the “Box” told amazing testimonies of how they witnessed growth and increased patronage of their businesses.
As we transit to a post-COVID environment, small businesses that had their business affected by the pandemic and are looking for new sources of income will have to pay attention to the programme. The good thing is, it does not matter how bad the pandemic may have affected their success, business will soon shape up for SMEs, especially the 10,000 small businesses to benefit from The Revv Programme. And with that, they will continue to provide the much-needed backbone for Nigeria’s economy.
How to open free Bitcoin wallet in Nigeria
Cardtonic is one of the platforms that provides a free bitcoin wallet address in Nigeria.
When it comes to cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, a bitcoin wallet address is very essential. A Bitcoin wallet address is made up of a string of 26-35 alphanumeric characters, that allows you to send and receive bitcoin.
Any bitcoin address can be used to transfer cryptocurrency to any other address on the network, provided the sender’s wallet software supports that address type. All addresses represent a destination on the Bitcoin network.
How To Open Free Bitcoin Wallet In Nigeria
Creating a bitcoin wallet in Nigeria is very easy. Wallets come on different platforms with different features in Nigeria. However, it’s advisable you always go for the best. This guide will help you to find the best Bitcoin wallet in Nigeria for you.
How Do I Get A Free Bitcoin Wallet Address In Nigeria?
There are various ways to get a free wallet address in Nigeria. Prominent among them is by signing up to a platform that offers a free bitcoin wallet address.
Cardtonic is one of the platforms that provides a free bitcoin wallet address in Nigeria. It is an online broker trading platform that facilitates the buying and selling of bitcoin, as well as gift cards. The bitcoin/gift card trading platform is designed to aid the buying and selling of bitcoin.
Get Free Bitcoin Wallet Address on Cardtonic
Cardtonic now offers Bitcoin Wallet Address for all users. The idea is that for each Bitcoin transaction, users will generate a unique, single-use address to provide to senders.
Why Cardtonic Offers The Best Bitcoin Wallet Address In Nigeria
Cardtonic has a nationwide reach, serving traders across Nigeria. Safe to say that it is also one of the largest gift card and Cryptocurrency exchange platforms in Nigeria.
Cardtonic deals in bitcoin and gift cards exchange, and at the same time provides a bitcoin wallet address that is of blockchain standard.
It is also one of the foremost bitcoin trading sites in Nigeria as it has greatly simplified the process for customers. The competitive advantage ranges from offering one of the fastest transaction times to having an extensive customer support system that is always on hand to provide assistance, not leaving behind the amazing bitcoin exchange rates. Thus, Cardtonic is raising the bar on bitcoin trading.
Therefore, with all the ease around bitcoin trading on Cardtonic, whether you are trading little or large, you’d like to get value and ease for them. And apart from the fact that there are a limited number of platforms that have such features in Nigeria, not every service can be trusted in terms of security, efficiency, and exchange rate. All these can be guaranteed with Cardtonic.
How To Create Bitcoin Wallet Address On Cardtonic
To create an address on Cardtonic, follow the steps below:
- Visit the website or download the mobile app on your android or iOS.
- As a user, proceed to the bitcoin trade page and generate your bitcoin address
- The address becomes permanently yours. You can receive bitcoin into your address at any time.
- Any amount of bitcoins sent to your address will be automatically added to your naira balance at the corresponding rates.
- Bitcoin trades on Cardtonic are completely automated and require no human or manual intervention.
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