In the early ’60s and ’70s Nigeria was known as a giant producer/exporters of Groundnut, Cocoa, Palm Oil and Palm Kernel Oil Processing country – then, exporters of these business activities guaranteed over 65% Nigeria’s GDP.

But today, what has suddenly happened?

Nigeria’s independent on oil has changed everything, a country that is known as a place that produces lots of cassava. If you look at it today, you would find that Nigeria is actually world’s number one cassava producer and probably the least cassava exporter in the world.

The problem is because most of what we produce, we consume. So we don’t make enough for export – and most of our products are not being patronised, as most of the citizens preferred imported products than Nigerian made.

The problem has lingered for too long, without no solutions on ground, and as such, this is a reasons why MINEC platform is being launched last year, and it has been helpful to entrepreneurs, SMEs, MSMEs, etc.

The first edition was held last year, second edition of Made In Nigeria Entrepreneurship Conference (MINEC) is set to kick-off soon, first stop will be at Lagos, on 22nd June 2017.

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Below is the aim and what you will benefit from the conference:

1). Aim – MINEC meant to boost the competence, technical/business skills of SMEs and MSMEs , Local Industrialists, Manufacturers, Artisans and Tradesmen, Product and Service providers, Agro- Agribusiness men and women, Fabricators, Shoe-Designers, Leatherworks, Fashion Designers, Farmers, etc.

2). Benefits – MINEC will provide technical collaborations for SMEs with #NEPC, #SON, #NIPC, #NACCIMA, #SMEDAN, etc.

Note: The basis for this conference is to provide industry-specific technical information in order to boost the confidence of the South-West people in their bid to build, develop and sustain their locally made goods. This is in support of the Federal Government of Nigeria’s Policy in promoting Made-in-Nigeria goods. Bridging the knowledge gap in the non-oil sector requires consistent capacity building, organizing relevant routine workshops, etc. which MINEC stands for. 

3). Goal – The conference goal is to ensure that more products and services go “From Local, To Global”. They are looking at 1000 brands for export in the next 5-10 years. Besides, MINEC2017 seeks to close the knowledge gap between the points of production to a successful market launch of the products.
Minec major barrier is to make sure the “Made in Nigeria” products is accepted first by Nigerians and then by the rest of the world.

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4). People to expect – The Honorable Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Hajiya Aisha Abubakar is expected to be at the conference to declare this edition open. 

To know more about Made In Nigeria Entrepreneurship Conference (MINEC)
MINEC Platform – is an initiative of Consortium of technical partners with diverse technical skills in development, establishment and management of Small and Medium Enterprises.
The Team’s expertise spans across – Agriculture, Branding and Marketing, Routes-to-Markets, Product Introduction, Product and Service Management, Manufacturing and Production; FMCG, Product and Market Research and Analysis, SME and MSMEs Development and management, Brewery, Aviation, Franchising, Entrepreneurship Development; SME Content Development, Agri-Business, development of simple online-selling Applications that optimizes Social Media advantages in marketing to industry-based-customized trainings, workshops, seminars, conferences,  etc. 
This year’s 2nd edition will be held at Lagos.
DATE: THURSDAY, 22nd June, 2017.
Registration Fee is N5, 000 per Participant

Rationale behind the MINEC Project Initiatives is captured in three broad perspectives:

  1. Ensure that Nigeria develops and adopts a “Made-In-Nigeria Seal” for the promotion of its local brands, products, goods and services”.
  2. Provides consistent, coordinated and targeted capacity building for all stakeholders of the federal, state and regulated private sector partners (SME & MSMEs).
  3. MINEC vision is to get a “Thousand made in Nigeria brands” to go from local to global in 5- 10 years.
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