On May 18, 2016, Nigeria’s erstwhile Acting President and current Vice-President, His Excellency Prof. Yemi Osinbajo SAN, GCON signed an executive order on transparency and improving the business environment in the country. It contains far-reaching initiatives to be implemented by MDAs to ensure easier access to information, processes and documentation, as well as promote efficiency in public service delivery. The Executive order recorded a performance score of 40% across its 5 main planks namely :
- One Government
- Default Approvals
- Entry experience of Travellers and Visitors
- Ports Operations
From July 2017, PEBEC accelerated and expanded the initiative by focusing on three key areas:
- Deepen existing Reforms: Complete outstanding iniatives and implemention of reforms, so as to ensure Nigerians and the private sector feel impact of and validate reforms to World Bank ahead of the May 31st deadline for 2018 DB Report.
- Sub-national Reforms: Collaborate with State Governments to implement reforms ahead of World Bank’s subnational appraisal in 2018
- Additional Reforms: Commence reforms aimed at improving trade within Nigeria in preparation for World Bank indicator reforms, including Omnibus bill. Also, to ensure that MDA budgets for next year include planned reforms.