P&G part­ners govt on in­dige­nous man­u­fac­tur­ing ca­pac­ity through lo­cal sup­ply

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - BUSINESS - By Mar­garet Mwan­tok

PROC­TER and Gam­ble (P&G) Nige­ria, mak­ers of Al­ways, and Pam­pers brands, has re­it­er­ated its com­mit­ment to sup­port­ing Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s ef­forts to strengthen the sup­ply of lo­cal raw ma­te­ri­als and en­cour­age the con­sump­tion of ‘made in Nige­ria’ prod­ucts at its re­cent en­gage­ment of se­lect lo­cal raw ma­te­rial sup­pli­ers in Nige­ria. This was made known at an in­ter­ac­tive meet­ing with the Fed­eral Min­istry of In­dus­try, Trade and In­vest­ment, with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Man­u­fac­tur­ers As­so­ci­a­tion of Nige­ria (MAN), on the need to in­crease lo­cal prod­ucts sup­ply.

The meet­ing was to as­sess the ca­pa­bil­ity of lo­cal busi­nesses and seek their par­tic­i­pa­tion in strength­en­ing raw ma­te­rial lo­cal­i­sa­tion ob­jec­tives in line with gov­ern­ment’s Back­ward In­te­gra­tion Pro­gramme (BIP). In June, Vice Pres­i­dent Yemi Os­in­bajo, had com­mis­sioned P&G Nige­ria’s Al­ways Pro­duc­tion Line, where the com­pany re­stated its com­mit­ment to in­vest in Nige­ria and sup­port gov­ern­ment’s di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion ef­forts.

The new, lo­cal pro­duc­tion of P&G’S Fem­i­nine Care prod- uct not only pro­motes in­clu­sive growth, but also aimed at boost­ing job cre­ation, and adding value to the econ­omy. P&G has a long record of build­ing ca­pa­bil­ity of lo­cal busi­nesses and en­abling lo­cal en­trepreneur­ship. The com­pany has trained hun­dreds of SMES and has been in­volved in a se­ries of skills build­ing pro­grammes.

In 2015, it part­nered with Na­tional Of­fice for Tech­nol­ogy Ac­qui­si­tion and Pro­mo­tion (NOTAP), to host a sym­po­sium that brought to­gether lead­ing aca­demics, thought lead­ers, lo­cal en­trepreneurs and in­dus­try lead­ers to dis­cuss crit­i­cal is­sues of de­vel­op­ment in tech­nol­ogy to pro­mote growth through re­search and tech­nol­ogy trans­fer in Africa.

Through the en­gage­ment ses­sions, par­ties ex­plored ways of en­sur­ing raw ma­te­rial in­puts are ef­fec­tively sourced lo­cally, carve out strate­gies to mit­i­gate the chal­lenges be­ing faced and ul­ti­mately help lo­cal sup­pli­ers meet the re­quire­ments needed to bet­ter sup­port the man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor.

At the meet­ing, the Man­ag­ing Direc­tor, P&G Nige­ria, Ge­orge Nas­sar, com­mended the min­istry’s ges­ture to en­gage lo­cal busi­nesses, say­ing: “We praise the Fed­eral Min­istry of In­dus­try, Trade and In­vest­ment on its will­ing­ness to en­gage lo­cal sup­pli­ers and as­sess the ca­pa­bil­ity of their busi­nesses. That, on its own, is very en­cour­ag­ing and we be­lieve to­day’s meet­ing is piv­otal to ac­cel­er­at­ing our lo­cal sourc­ing projects. P&G Nige­ria cur­rently pro­cures 100 per cent of the pack­ag­ing ma­te­ri­als for its prod­ucts lo­cally and is work­ing to­wards in­creas­ing the lo­cal sourc­ing of the raw ma­te­ri­als we use. We will con­tinue to part­ner with the gov­ern­ment in our quest to achieve this.”

Nas­sar also noted that the com­pany was com­mit­ted to do­ing business with more lo­cally owned busi­nesses and ap­pre­ci­ated the role gov­ern­ment was play­ing to­wards im­prov­ing the ease of do­ing business in Nige­ria, adding that P&G would con­tinue to foster strong part­ner­ship with the gov­ern­ment to boost this ef­fort. He, how­ever, charged gov­ern­ment not to re­lent in its ef­forts at en­abling lo­cal en­trepreneur­ship de­vel­op­ment and help­ing them with the ca­pa­bil­i­ties re­quired to pro­duce raw ma­te­ri­als lo­cally, adding, “This will go a long way in ac­tu­al­is­ing its eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment agenda.”

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