By cecilia Ologunangba
The National Economic Summit Group (NESG), the organiser of the Nigerian Economic Summit (NES), on Wednesday pledged to follow up the recommendations of the 2016 summit presented to the Federal Government.
Mr Kyari Bukar, the Chairman of the NESG, said this at a news conference after the 22nd edition of NES in Abuja with the theme: Made- in-Nigeria.
Bukar had earlier presented the recommendations of the summit to President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to him, the execution of those recommendations is key to using and producing Made-in-Nigeria goods and services.
“ We are always working throughout the year to follow up our recommendations and we will do same this year.
“We are satisfied with the talks; but we will not be satisfied until the recommendations are implemented.’’
He recalled that 2015 edition of the summit was significant because of the change in the administration then and the current dynamics of the economic scene, which required urgent attention.
The theme of NES 21 was: “Tough Choices: Achieving Competitiveness, inclusive Growth and Sustainability.’’
Also, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Budget and National Planning, Mrs Fatima Mede, commended the NESG for its commitment in collaborating with the government.
Mede commended the group for working with the government in addressing key national issues and challenges.
She, however, pledged that the government would be committed to implementing the recommendations of the summit.
“The report of the NES 21 was approved by the National Executive Council and it formed part of the Strategic Implementation Plan (SIP) of government.
“We are planning to release a long-term National Development Plan soon; so you can hold us accountable for our policies,’’ the permanent secretary said.
NESG was incorporated in 1996 as non-profit, non-partisan private sector organisation.
It was given a mandate to promote and champion the reform of Nigerian economy into an open, private sector-led globally competitive economy.
The summit was organised in collaboration with the Ministry of Budget and National Planning.