SUPPORT | February 23, 2020

Nigerian Minister Joins Startup Nations Ministerial Steering Committee

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The Global Entrepreneurship Network announced that Nigeria is joining forces to lead the global dialogue on entrepreneurship. This month, the Honorable Hajia Mariam Y. Katagum, Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, has officially joined the Steering Committee of the Startup Nations MinisterialMinister Katagum brings leadership experience not just from her vast career in the Nigerian public service, but also within the United Nations System. 

The Startup Nations Ministerial provides government delegations with access to global networks of entrepreneur-support organizations, investors and entrepreneurs, new research and opportunities for collaborative cross-border project-building.

"We are very pleased to have Nigeria engaging in international cooperation towards the next Ministerial editions, considering the entrepreneurial vision and the positive past exchanges with Nigeria’s Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment over the last three editions of the Ministerial, and Nigeria's continued commitment to the entrepreneurial economy," expressed Jonathan Ortmans, President of GEN. 

The Startup Nations Ministerial in 2020 will focus on offering high-level authorities an opportunity for unearthing next-generation thinking about how to effectively address barriers for nations to experience greater entrepreneurial growth. As such, the Ministerial agenda will enable governments to learn from knowledge partners on how to remove the barriers to entrepreneurship persisting across six continents.



The Startup Nations Ministerial serves as a high-level dialogue among policy leaders and entrepreneurship policy experts about how public-sector agencies across the world can better encourage more new and young businesses to start and grow.

The Ministerial offers a safe space for public sector authorities committed to unleashing growth-oriented entrepreneurship to share their experience and questions with their counterparts of other national ecosystems.  It is convened by Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) and the World Bank Group, and guided by a Steering Committee of up to two national governments per region.


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