The Enabling Business Environment Secretariat works in tandem with Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to implement PEBEC’s reform agenda. EBES, in conjuction with relevant MDAs, execute the resolutions and directives of the Council. The Secretariat became fully operational in October 2016 and currently operates from the 4th floor of the headquarters of the Nigerian Investment Promotion Council (NIPC) in Abuja. EBES is a lean public/private sector project delivery office coordinated by Dr. Jumoke Oduwole, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Industry, Trade and Investment (OVP).
The Council has ten honourable ministers whose MDAs have the most direct impact on the business environment; the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation; the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN); and representatives of the National Assembly, the Judiciary, Lagos and Kano states and the private sector as members. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Industry, Trade and Investment (OVP) serves as secretary to the Council.
The PEBEC ministers include: Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment (Vice Chair); Minister of Budget and National Planning; Minister of Environment; Minister of Finance; Minister of Foreign Affairs; Minister of Information and Culture; Minister of Interior; Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation; Minister of Power, Works and Housing; and Minister of Transportation.
Following feedback received from the private sector on its most pressing needs, the following three areas are being prioritized by the Council:
Entry and Exit of goods – particularly through the ports
Trading Within Nigeria – making it easier for business to do business within Nigeria.
Government Transparency – clarity and consistency of information needed by the private sector to do business across all the reform areas (including the procurement process). This is driven through the implementation of the Executive Order 001.
In addition, EBES has prioritised 7 reform areas in line with the target to improve in the World Bank Doing Business Rankings for 2018 following extensive research and engagement with stakeholders: