Nigeria’s Ease of Doing Business Intervention

Micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) make up more than 90% of all registered businesses in Nigeria. These MSMEs provide about 84% of jobs and contribute just under 50% to the GDP of the economy. However, these businesses face multiple challenges that hinder their contribution to inclusive growth.

The Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) was established to remove the bureaucratic constraints and bottlenecks to doing business in Nigeria with a view to reducing the:




in starting and running a business, and increase efficiency.

Reforming Nigeria’s Business Environment

Nigeria has implemented more than 140 reforms over the past 4 years to make doing business in Nigeria easier

  The PEBEC’s model is in line with global best practice and includes a strong performance tracking element measured by the World Bank Ease of Doing Business Index (DBI).

  Over 4 years, Nigeria moved up 39 places to 131st place (out of 190) in the 2019/20 report

  In the same period, Nigeria’s Distance-to-Frontier (DTF) score improved by over 14.5 basis points.

  32 Nigerian states improved their ease of doing business environment led by Kaduna, Enugu, Abia, Lagos and Anambra States

  An independent Ease of Doing Business (EoDB) survey adjudged Nigeria's reforms as impactful in terms of reduction in time, cost and procedures of doing business.

Ease of Doing Business (EoDB) Focus Areas

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Ease of Doing Business (EoDB) Focus Areas in the life stages of an SME

The First Step

  • Starting a business

Accessing Finance

  • Getting credit

Getting a location

  • Registering Property
  • Dealing With Construction Permits
  • Getting Electricity

Daily Operations

  • Paying Taxes
  • Trading Across Borders
  • Entry & Exit Of People


  • Enforcing Contracts
  • Protecting Minority Investors
  • Resolving Insolvency


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