The gathering in Lagos last week of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Nigeria for the Ninth Enterprise Development Centre (EDC) Annual SME Conference, shed considerable light on some positive developments in that sector. It also revealed some of the reasons why small businesses have remained just that, small. The EDC, which is part of the Pan Atlantic University, has continued to champion efforts to build capacity among Nigerian entrepreneurs. This annual conference of its alumni and their partners is part of the effort not only to create and empower SMEs but also to keep an eye on their development. I was privileged to be in attendance and to chair one of the sessions.
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