Nigeria 2018 | ECONOMY | COLUMN

TBY talks to Kyari Bukar, Chairman, Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG), on the sector.

Kyari Bukar

What is NESG's role in developing and shaping the country's economy?

NESG is a non-political, not-for-profit entity consisting of major businesses in Nigeria whose mission is to carry our policy advocacy and give policy recommendations to policymakers using fact-based research and analysis, and to encourage dialog between the private and public sectors. We have existed for over 23 years now, and one of our pivotal activities is the annual Nigerian Economic Summit, a gathering of public sector policymakers with the president in which we discuss the measures needed to move the Nigerian economy forward. Something we strongly believe in is the promotion of the “Made in Nigeria" brand.

What impact will the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) have on the economy?

Since its early stages, we have made a considerable contribution to the ERGP. We believe that some of the principles outlined in the plan are what Nigeria needs as a nation. One of the key principles was the engagement of the private sector. At NESG, we strongly believe in the power of the private sector in ensuring inclusive growth. However, we also believe the plan's key is in its implementation; we have said repeatedly that the key to success is always the doing, and that consistency of doing is where we will achieve the results.