Change is necessary for growth. As a matter of fact it is needed for survival and adaptation.
There’s a Chinese proverb that says “the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago and the next best time is now.”
The 8th Nigerian Senate planted a tree this week that would likely blossom and entirely change the landscape of doing business in Nigeria with passage of the repeal and re-enactment of the Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA), which is said to be the biggest business reform bill in Nigeria in over 28 years.
Highlights of this bill include;
1. A sole individual will be able to open and run a company – This favours startups and young entrepreneurs as it removes the bottle neck of needing more than two persons to run a company if that wasn’t initially intended.
2. Business registration will now be easier and with less hassle using technology as well has having the required legal backing – This would mean that you may not necessarily need to leave the comfort of your home from start to finish of the business registration process and you are very well recognised as one. Considering businesses now tend to be online I see a future where entrepreneurs won’t need to move an inch for business transactions to occur except probably stepping out of your gate to give the delivery man a package to deliver to your client.
3. The Nigeria business environment will be as competitive as its counterparts around the world. There’s a high tendency that since these bottle necks are removed, it makes venturing into business more attractive so naturally more people will come with their different style, causing existing and new businesses to sit up and constantly innovate.
4. The new bill will reduce the minimum share capital for all companies and start-ups in Nigeria thus enabling more investment opportunities and creating new jobs.
5. The new bill also removes unnecessary regulatory provisions for small companies. Such as requirements for general meetings, etc.
6. It creates an entirely new category for Nigerian business, the “Limited Liability Partnership” which is targeted at increasing foreign investments into Nigeria.
With this new bill, we are hoping that the business climate will change in favour of existing and new businesses, more business will spring up and have a ripple effect reducing unemployment and underemployment in the country.
Written by Aima Atigari, Editor, Techcultureng.com