As part of its commitment to support the Small and Medium-sized Enterprises in Africa, Facebook has inaugurated its Nigerian SME Council, the first of its kind on the continent.
The Nigerian SME Council is made up of 15 SME owners selected from various sectors and locations across the country, including Lagos, Abuja, Enugu and Kano.
The selected council members are Paylater, DigitxPlus, Wakanow, Afro Foods & Spice Nigeria, the Legit Way Out, Easyshop Easycook, Hush’D and One Stop Baby.
Others are Shop Nigeria, Mamalette, Bombay to Beirut, GIGM.com, Naphtali Party Rentals, Ìkòkò, and STM Magical Creations Limited.
According to Facebook, the Nigerian SME Council brings together Facebook Africa’s SME team and Nigerian business owners from a range of industries, in a partnership designed to provide better digital tools for business and customer growth.
It said that each business would bring with them a wealth of unique experiences in understanding and embracing digital and mobile strategies, as well as reaching the Nigerian customers and making them ideally positioned to offer support to other companies who need it.
The Facebook’s Sales Manager, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Abi Williams, spoke on the initiative at the unveiling of the council in Lagos.
Williams said, “Small businesses form the backbone of most of the thriving economies in the world, driving sustainable growth and creating jobs and those in Nigeria are no different.
“Facebook is strategically positioned to help the SMEs grow their businesses, and with a vibrant SME sector, Nigeria is a natural choice in launching our very first SME Council on the African continent. With 35 million people in other countries connected to a Nigerian business on Facebook, the global market has never been closer for Nigerian SMEs.”
She explained that the Nigerian SME Council would be joining 10 SME Councils across the globe, including North America, Ireland, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Sweden, Poland, India and Brazil.
She added that council members would meet a minimum of two times a year with Facebook and Instagram teams to discuss successes and challenges, business ideas and solutions.
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