Nigeria, UK Partner On Start-Up Bill

Nigeria, UK Partner On Start-Up Bill

The United Kingdom (UK) government, through its Africa Technology and Innovation Partnership (ATIP) programme and the UK-Nigeria Tech Hub, has expressed commitment to supporting the Nigeria Start-up Bill (NSB), a joint initiative by Nigeria’s Tech Ecosystem and the Presidency, driven by the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy.

The Nigeria Start-up Bill project, which aims to harness the potential of the country’s digital economy through co-created regulations, promises to improve the policy and regulatory framework to support growth and competitiveness in Nigeria’s technology ecosystem.

The UK government’s support will help fund engagement of relevant stakeholders across the country through town hall meetings and provide access to research and evidence to harness existing opportunities for start-ups and address challenges in the current policy and regulatory framework. The Bill will also ensure that Nigeria’s laws and regulations for start-ups are clear and work for the ecosystem.

According to a statement from the commission, at the weekend, collaborative efforts between relevant stakeholders in the tech ecosystem led to the establishment of regional town hall meetings across the six geopolitical zones in Nigeria.

It explained that these town hall meetings served to broaden the scope of reach and ensure that every key player across the nation joins the ongoing conversation and contributes to the drafting and contents of the Start-up Bill. The town hall meetings will also have, in attendance, representatives from the Presidency and Ministries Departments and Agencies.

Town hall meeting have been held in Kaduna, Yola and Kwara States, with stakeholders able to join the session virtually. These sessions are the first round of discussions in the North West, North East, and the North Central geopolitical zones. They are to be followed soon after by the South West, South East and South South zones.