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AXA Mansard Insurance Plc said it is supporting women entrepreneurs and small businesses as part of its activities to mark the international women’s month, as it sponsored the SME 100 Africa event.

The event, with theme: “Balancing for Better: The Rise of the Female Economy”, was held in Lagos, while women from different sectors, spanning government, private sector, academia, small business owners, professionals and housewives, participated.

The Divisional Director, Retail, AXA Mansard Insurance, Mrs. Rashidat Adebisi, said: “We at AXA Mansard are very proud to be a part of an event like this, which highlights the part that women play in the development of any economy.

Read at https://guardian.ng/business-services/underwriter-supports-women-businesses-smes/

Underwriter supports women businesses, SMEs

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A non-governmental organisation (NGO), Activate Success International Foundation (ASIF), has given out start-up grants of N200,000 apiece to 10 entrepreneurs under its Youth Entrepreneurship and Empowerment Programme (YEEP).TV Host and Founder of ASIF, Love Idoko, who disclosed this yesterday in Abuja, said that YEEP was aimed at helping and encouraging young people to maximise their potential.

She said that beneficiaries of the programme were drawn from Kano, Benue, Abuja, Niger, Delta and Plateau states respectively to encourage fish farming, arts and craft, fashion, and piggery, among others. Besides, Idoko said over 100 business proposals were received out of which 30 were selected with the number later scaled down to the 10 final beneficiaries whose own were considered.

Read at https://guardian.ng/news/foundation-gives-out-start-up-grants-to-youth-entrepreneurs/
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Faced with limited human capacity in the planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating renewable energy projects, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Global Environment Facility (GEF) through the Energy Commission of Nigeria (ECN) and other stakeholders are working to curtail the trend.

The agencies have kick-started a project known as De-risking Renewable Energy for the Nigerian power sector to create the enabling environment for building technical capacity of key players.

The Nigerian Electricity Industry (NEI) is dominated with fossil – fueled power plants and less than 30per cent of large-scale hydropower plants. Currently, there is a strong drive by Nigeria to improve electricity access and reduce GHG emissions through the exploitation of renewable energy sources, like solar.
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First City Monument Bank (FCMB) has urged small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs) to take the lead in driving the diversification and growth of the economy.

This, according to the bank, is due to the catalytic role they play in the lives of people and the society, as they have stimulated development in the areas of production, employment and income generation.

Towards this end, FCMB has reiterated its commitment to sustain the level of its support to SMEs through increased lending, capacity building, advisory and value-added offerings that would boost their performance.
Read At https://guardian.ng/business-services/fcmb-organises-free-training-tasks-smes-on-economy/

FCMB organises free training, tasks SMEs on economy

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Following the projection that proptech will attract about $20billion to real estate industry in 2019, experts have asked the federal government to put in place policy and regulatory framework that would enhance performance of property technology sector and help start-ups overcome challenges faced in their operations.

This was the position of experts who gathered at the Nigerian Property Technology Conference held at the Eko Atlantic City. Specifically, they believed that if the real estate space could have crowd funding regulations, prompt accessibility to the data base of states and federal government in terms of housing data, mortgage volume and number, among others, the industry will witness tremendous growth.

Proptech is technology enabled in the real estate industry; it touches areas like planning of buildings and property management for efficiency and smartness in a shared economy. It involves the block chain technology, artificial intelligence, crowd funding, and Internet of Thing (IOT), which are basically the future of the industry.
Read At https://guardian.ng/property/experts-seek-regulation-for-property-technology/

Experts seek regulation for property technology

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