Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) are crucial and known contributors to employment, economic and export growth of nations. In Nigeria, MSMEs contribute 48% of national GDP, account for 96% of the private sector and 84% of national employment. However, the novel COVID-19 pandemic, which has ravaged the entire globe, has negatively impacted businesses all over the world, especially MSMEs. According to a new survey done by FATE Foundation and dubbed “The impact of COVID-19 on Nigeria MSMEs”, 3 out of every 10 Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) operating in Nigeria will not survive through the coronavirus pandemic; this survey showcased how bad businesses in the segments have been negatively affected since the outbreak started.More
Some weeks back during the total lockdown phase across Lagos, Ogun States and Abuja, the story of an elderly woman (probably in her early sixties) went viral which echoed sympathy across the nation. The said woman who was engaged in her business before the lockdown, found herself in a position where she could barely feed herself and her family and out of frustration and desperation to survive, she mentioned she was willing to prostitute herself to raise money to feed her family. The outcry from the citizens was overwhelming and quite a number of concerned people who heard her story where moved to donate money and other resources. This woman belongs to the class of the vulnerable. Did she get a pack of the palliatives as allegedly distributed by the Government?More
Stakeholders discuss Actionable Steps for MSMEs in Response to the Covid19 Pandemic during the MSMEStandards Webinar
On Wednesday, May 06, 2020, the Convention on Business Integrity hosted the MSMEConversations Webinar focused on “Crisis Response for MSMEs” in partnership with Proshare and DealHQ. This is part of the initiatives of CBi Nigeria under its MSME Standards project.
With the current realities of the COVID-19 pandemic, the grappling uncertainties around the economy, business continuity, social welfare, contract performance and the inadequate technology infrastructure to deal with the myriad of issues that have been made more pronounced by the pandemic, ravaging not just the people but the structures and way of life as we knew it. In the midst of dealing with local issues and the more pressing global conversations that seeks to address appropriate business responses and strategies focused on crisis response for MSMEs who are undoubtedly one of the most hit by the pandemic, the Webinar was an opportunity for participants to gain insights from experts regarding what they can do differently to stay ahead.More
The Convention on Business Integrity, CBi, as part of its commitment to public policy engagement and driving the advocacy on building integrity in the business environment, hosted Regulatory Conversations 6.0 on 5th March, 2020 at Grand Banquet Hall of the Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos.
The Conversation with the theme “National Identity Number: Matters Arising & Implications for Nation Building” attracted participants from Civil society organisations, the Private sector and agencies of Government and the media. The following organisations and Government Agencies also had representatives in attendance – the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN); Institute of Directors (IOD); Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN); the Bureau of Public Sector Reform (BPSR); National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA); the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC); the National Population Commission (NPC); the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC).
Mr. Soji Apampa, the Chief Executive Officer of the CBi in his opening remarks, said the essence of the Regulatory Conversations 6.0 was to address the framework around the issuance of a national identity number to all Nigerians, which is perhaps one of the most essential and crucial initiatives managed by the federal government of Nigeria. The Regulatory Conversations 6.0 he added, provided the opportunity to consider the philosophy behind the implementation of the national identity number regulation, to ensure it does preserve the public interest not only as a laudable objective but also in the public policy choices being made to implement it.
The forum examined key sectoral issues in the context of the following viewpoints:
- The regulatory framework and the national identity number system
- The implementation of regulation on the Mandatory Use of the national identification number and the implications for the activities and business transactions carried out by individuals and corporate entities in Nigeria
- Means of achieving the NIN with the support of the citizens
The fifth edition of Regulatory Conversations (RC 5.0) series, themed “National Integrity Barometer: A Roadmap for 2020” took place on the 10th of December 2019. It addressed the various private-led integrity interventions in the systems and institutions in the Nation as well as provided the platform to discuss the effectiveness of the interventions. It also provided the unique opportunity for the stakeholders to discuss on what should be a sustainable roadmap for 2020.
The Executive Director of the Integrity Organization, Mr. Apampa acknowledged the role of international corruption watchdog, Transparency International (TI), in developing a global corruption Index, that captures Nigeria as one of the world’s leading corrupt nations, but fails to highlight the areas that need to be addressed to reduce the incidence of corruption. According to him, “Nigeria needs a barometer to reflect the changing narrative in tackling corruption.”
He said that the barometer would provide an opportunity for Nigeria to build its institutions on integrity, as it changes its corruption perception globally. Apampa gave the example of the Nigerian maritime sector that has experienced remarkable reforms since 2012. In his words, “This barometer seeks to highlight what works, why it is working and signal policy options that could scale up the impact and learning opportunities.”
As part of its advocacy for deepening the capacity and scale of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises, MSMEs, in Nigeria the Convention on Business Integrity (CBi) in collaboration with Action Aid and the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), hosted the formal unveiling of the “Ethics Quite Easily Demonstrated” platform in Lagos.
Addressing the audience in a keynote message, the CEO of CBi Nigeria, Mr. Soji Apampa, said the event was an opportunity to explore how MSMEs could improve their chances of growth and survival, despite the challenges they face in the country.More
The Convention on Business Integrity (CBi) in collaboration with Action Aid, Business Day, NESG, LCCI and Proshare will on December 10th, 2019 host the Regulatory Conversations 5.0 – a public-private sector dialogues aimed at promoting good corporate governance, integrity and sound practices in efforts to grow and diversify Nigeria’s economy.
The focus of the conservation this December is around the theme “National Integrity Barometer: A Roadmap for 2020″.
Please find below details of the event:
Date: Tuesday, December 10th, 2019
Venue: The Incubator- 7/8 Chief Yesufu Abiodun Way, Off City of David Road, (same Street with four points Sheraton), Victoria Island, Lagos
Time: 9h30 Prompt (Registration/ networking starts at 9h00)
The second in a series of round table sessions on service delivery in Nigerian ports took place on the 22nd of October in Abuja and was hosted by the Convention on Business Integrity (CBI) on behalf of the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN) and with support from the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA).
The objective of these MACN events is to launch a series of interventions aimed at promoting transparency and consistent application of Standard Operating Procedures leading to more predictable (in time and cost) vessel and cargo clearance at the Ports & Terminals.
Stakeholders at the event also have took advantage of the opportunity to be part of the ongoing collective action to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of our ports and terminals.
Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN) to hold Roundtable Session on “Service Delivery at the Nigerian Ports”
Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN) to hold Roundtable Session on “Service Delivery at the Nigerian Ports”
The Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN), represented in Nigeria by the Convention on Business Integrity (CBI), is set to host a roundtable session themed, “Towards Standard Operating Procedures That Work in Nigeria’s Sea Ports & Terminals” on Tuesday, October 8th, 2019.
The Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN) is a global business network working towards the vision of a maritime industry free of corruption, enabling fair trade to the benefit of society at large. In collaboration with CBI, MACN broadened its collective action in the fight against corruption under the Business Action Against Corruption (BAAC) mandate.
In 2012, the MACN, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Technical Unit on Government and Anti-Corruption Reforms (TUGAR), and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) commissioned a corruption risk assessment (CRA) in the Nigerian port sector.
The assessment set out to understand the main drivers of corruption in the sector, identify specific measures for addressing such drivers, and catalyze action among public and private sector stakeholders.
The Corruption Risk Assessment report made specific recommendations for action to eliminate corruption in the Nigerian port sector. Amongst the recommendations was a proposal for ethics training and capacity-building programs to strengthen transparency and accountability of port stakeholders.
As part of its collective action programme, in 2016 MACN contracted the CBI to lead the training of ports officials on professional ethics. Pursuant to this, the CBI conducted a round of ‘Training of Trainers’ in Lagos (Apapa and Tin-Can Island ports), Port Harcourt (Onne and Rivers Port Complex), and Calabar Port between 2016 and May 2017. Thereafter, an end-user training was conducted for over 1000 stakeholders in the Ports between November 2017 and March 2018.
In August 2019, CBI released its Ports User Survey Report following a customer survey done in December 2018. The report addressed the following issues:
- The lack of clear procedures and processes backed up by relevant laws (including obsolete laws and procedures) in many areas of port operation including such processes as Temporary Imports, Permanent Imports, Midstream Discharge, Emergency Importations (Hand carry policy) etc.
- Exercise of discretionary powers by Customs oﬃcers, port agencies, Terminal Operators, and Stevedoring Companies including the discretionary powers to impose customs duties and tariffs, classiﬁcation of goods, port charges and the potential disruption of operations of companies that depend on the ports for the importation of critical parts and goods for their operations.
- Existence of a system of bottlenecks made possible due to wide discretionary powers of port oﬃcials and the likelihood for such powers to be used to create opportunities for graft and extortion of port users.
- Payments for services not rendered by port agencies including the dredging of waterways by port users, payment to Stevedoring companies without any services being rendered, collection of pilotage fees in areas outside pilotage districts including international waters etc.
- Lack of awareness of port users on the existence of the port agencies SOP.
- Absence of complaints/feedback desks/redress mechanisms and the effectiveness of such where available.
One of the recommendations proposed is the need for experience sharing sessions among Nigerian ports/terminals, customers/users, oﬃcials/oﬃcers, management, government and their West African/European counterparts, in order to enable the Nigerian groups to learn how to build and deploy integrity, anticorruption governance strategies and build a positive business environment going forward.
Specifically, the objective of this MACN event is to launch a series of interventions aimed at promoting transparency and the consistent application of Standard Operating Procedures leading to more predictable (in time and cost) vessel and cargo clearance at the Ports & Terminals.
Stakeholders at the event would also have an opportunity to be part of ongoing collective action to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of our ports and terminals.
Details of the Round-Table Session
Date: Tuesday, October 8th, 2019
Venue: The Providence by Mantis Hotel- 12A Oba Akinjobi Way, Ikeja GRA, Lagos (Same Street with Archbishop Vining Memorial Church Cathedral by Sobo Arobiodu Roundabout).
Time: 9.30am (Registration starts at 9am)
Expected guests at this event include Directors General/CEOs of Port Agencies, Relevant Regulatory Agencies, The Private sector, Port users as well as the General Public.
Please do not hesitate to contact:
Yinka Johnson (07013715571) email@example.com; and
Kitan Babalola (08067829272) firstname.lastname@example.org
The Convention on Business Integrity (CBI), a Company Limited by Guarantee is the private sector facing arm of the Integrity organisation. CBi was launched in October 1997 and incorporated as a company limited by guarantee in May 2003. The organization was established with the mission of promoting ethical business Practices, transparency and fair competition in the private and public sectors. It builds coalitions and develops sustainable strategies for citizen involvement with government in both sectors.
The Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN) is a global business network working towards the vision of a maritime industry free of corruption that enables fair trade to the benefit of society at large. Established in 2011 by a small group of committed maritime companies, MACN has grown to include over 100 members globally, and has become one of the pre-eminent examples of collective action to tackle corruption.
CBI Hosts Discourse on CBN FX Restrictions on Food Imports, in line with its Business Action Against Corruption (BAAC) Mandate
On Tuesday, September 24, 2019, the Convention on Business Integrity (CBI) in partnership with ActionAid, Nigerian Economic Summit Group, Lagos Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Business Day Newspapers and Proshare hosted its 4th installment in the series of the “Regulatory Conversations” in fulfillment of the objectives of the Business Action Against Corruption (BAAC) project. The focus of the discourse was “Foreign Exchange Restrictions on Food Imports and Implications on regulating and growing the Nigerian economy”.
The Convention on Business Integrity (CBI) in collaboration with the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC) cordially invites you to a one-day Agricultural Investment Summit under the Business Innovation Facility (BIF) programme currently run by the CBI.
The objective of this Summit is to provide a pipeline of investment opportunities generated from tested innovations in Nigeria’s agricultural space. We envisage that this forum will provide a platform for participants to:
- Examine Nigeria’s Investment and Regulatory environment;
- Identify structures for absorbing and repackaging large and medium sized international investments into appropriately sized instruments for deal sizes and deal flows in Nigeria’s agricultural sector; and
- Spot investment opportunities in Nigeria’s agricultural value chains.
There will be brief plenary sessions followed by exhibitions from five agricultural sub-sectors which would provide a platform for domestic and foreign investors to assess opportunities presented in them. The details of the event is as follows:
Date: Tuesday, 06 August 2019
Venue: Ladi Kwali Hall, Sheraton Hotel & Towers, Zone 4, Abuja
Time: 10.00 am
The Governance, Leadership & Ethics Conference took place on the 28th of June at the Lekki Coliseum in Lagos and it featured a host of speakers and panelist from the public and private sector discussing how to build a thriving economy on the three pillars of good governance, leadership and ethics.
Unique case studies from businesses in the private sector were provided to prove the possibility of building thriving, multi-million naira businesses in Nigeria without stooping to bribery and corruption.
The Annual Christopher Kolade lecture series which commenced in 2013 was instituted in the name of an Integrity icon to mark his landmark year- his 80th birthday.
The lecture series is emerging as a forum for businesses to engage with experts and with each other on business integrity issues. The past five editions have addressed issues around building businesses on a solid foundation while imbibing a culture of Business Integrity. More
The 5th edition of the annual Christopher Kolade Lecture on Business Integrity took place on the 29th of June, 2017 at the Landmark Events Center, Lekki. The event which was themed “Prevention is better than cure” was attended by captains of industry from the private sector, as well and key figures from the public sector.
The 2008 global financial crisis re-emphasized the importance of compliance and risk management but perhaps a tale of the fall of Britain’s Oldest Bank, Barings, could further buttress the point. Even though, the fall of Lehman Brothers and numerous banking scandals after Barings by far incurred losses of greater magnitude, there remains a story to be told with the fall of Barings Bank hence the apt theme for this year’s event:
“Prevention is better than cure, even on the issue of Corruption”
Special Guest of Honor
Guest of Honor
Nick Leeson, the infamous ‘rogue trader’ at Barings Bank whose dealings led to the collapse of one of Britain’s oldest Banks.
Thursday, 29th June, 2017
WATER CORPORATION DRIVE, OFF LIGALI AYORINDE STREET, LEKKI, LAGOS (ON THE SAME STREET WITH LANDMARK EVENTS CENTRE)
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Mr. Opeyemi Agbaje Takes Over the Mantle of Leadership as He is Appointed Chairman of the Governing Board
MR. OPEYEMI AGBAJE TAKES OVER THE MANTLE OF LEADERSHIP AS HE IS APPOINTED AS CHAIRMAN, GOVERNING BOARD OF THE INTEGRITY/THE CONVENTION ON BUSINESS INTEGRITY ORGANISATION
LAGOS, AUGUST 23, 2016. The Governing Board of Integrity organization appoints and ratifies the appointment of Board members.
At the meeting of the Governing Board of Integrity Organisation (consisting of Integrity and The Convention on Business Integrity, CBi) which held on Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016, Mr. Opeyemi Agbaje who had in the past year acted as the Vice-Chairman of the Board was appointed as the new chairman of The Integrity Organisation; taking over the mantle of Chairmanship from His Excellency, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, GCON, Vice-President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Over the years, Mr. Agbaje who is the Chief Operating Officer of RTC Advisory Services Limited (formerly Resources and Trust Company Ltd) has distinguished himself as a selfless and committed member of the Governing Board, he has also made invaluable contributions to the growth of the organization during this period. He would be ably assisted by Mr. Soji Apampa as the Executive Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the organization. In his previous role as The Executive Director, Mr. Apampa had steered the ship of the organization from 2007 till date. The appointment takes effect immediately.
INTEGRITY ORGANISATION LIMITED GTE is an anti-corruption, research and advocacy organization concerned with the issues of accountability and transparency in Public and business life. It was founded in 1995 during the Abacha regime as a direct reaction to the corruption and poor governance of Nigeria represented by that era. INTEGRITY has had a history of credible involvement in high profile issues and it has built a reputation for tactful, high profile, high impact handling of engagement with supply side actors on various issues. As a result of the need to have a specific arm that would deal with issues arising in the private sector while still focusing on the Public domain, it gave birth to the establishment of The Convention on Business Integrity.
THE CONVENTION ON BUSINESS INTEGRITY (CBi) is a company limited by Guarantee. The organization was established in 1997 with the mission of promoting ethical business Practices, transparency and fair competition in the private and public sectors. Signatories of the Convention undertake to observe the values of the Code of Business Integrity, both within their own organisations and in their dealings with customers and partners. The Code includes both sanctions and incentives for the organisations involved.
The Convention currently has twenty (20) Corporate signatories which includes, GT Bank Plc, Guinness Nigeria Plc, MTN, SAP, Lagos Business School and others.
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Dr. Christopher Kolade CON is amongst the few that have blazed a distinguished career and maintained their integrity over the years. In recognition of his contributions to the issues of Integrity and support for the organization over the years, the organization decided to honour him by instituting this lecture series in his name as he marked his landmark year- 80th year in December 2012.More
The 3rd series of the Christopher Kolade annual Lecture held in Lagos on June 25th, 2015.Evey year seems to be better than the previous, as this year, the success was quite overwhelming with the lecture being delivered by His Excellency, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, GCON- Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria who used the opportunity to highlight the present Administration’s policies on Anti-Corruption and specifically Business Integrity. The venue of the event was filled to capacity with about four hundred people which comprised of top Government dignitaries from the private and Public sector as well as Managing Directors of Private and Public companies, members of the Diplomatic Corp and other notable Stakeholders.More