GEM Beneficiaries Showcase Products

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Beneficiaries of the Growth and Employment (GEM) project, an initiative that was set up by the federal government through the support of the World Bank have showcased their products.

A report at the weekend revealed that promoters of the GEM organised an exhibition during the visit of some World Bank executives to Nigeria recently.

The World Bank Mission, comprised 10 executive directors, who were in Nigeria to conduct series of visits and events around the country.

During the visit, the World Bank hosted an exhibition, to showcase Projects in the Country funded by them.  Exhibitors included different government initiatives backed up by the World Bank, as well as the  GEM.

The statement revealed that the GEM grantees were fully represented and MSMEs under the GEM platform at the exhibition were: Arndale Food and Confectionaries, Abuja; JZO Fashion, Kaduna; ITESL Fab Lab, Abuja; and Wholetrust Investment Limited, Kaduna.

“Arndale Foods and Confectionaries showcased her product, Kozee Kuli Kuli (groundnut chips) – which she currently distributes in major supermarkets across Nigeria and still hopes to expand into more markets. Arndale benefits from GEM Training Programme, conducted by the Enterprise Development Centre of the Pan-African University.

“JZO Fashion, a menswear fashion brand showcased to the delegates how support from GEM had enabled them expand production lines – with menswear and women swear. JZO hopes to help encourage Nigerians to patronise Made-In-Nigeria products and export their products in the near future.

“ITESL Fab Lab showcased a 3D Printer, demonstrating the technology and highlighting other possibilities such as production of the printer’s raw material from local starch and the fact that their lab was building an indigenous 3D printer.

“Wholetrust Investment Limited showcased ‘Farm Delight’, their packaged smoked fish which they farm themselves and process. The CEO of Wholetrust Investment, Abdullahi Muazu explained briefly their production process stressing that hygiene is at the core of their processes and their product has a shelf life of 2 years,” the statement explained.

It further stated that the World Bank directors and officials in groups of four, interviewed the grantees and encouraged them to do more.