Google’s Getting Nigeria Businesses Online (GNBO) initiative hopes to bring at least 40,000 small to medium scale enterprises (SME) online over the next year.
The initiative will allow businesses to create their own website and develop an online presence all free of charge.
Juliet Ehimuan, Google Nigeria country manager, said the initiative will help transform the Nigerian SME landscape and contribute immensely to the country’s economic growth and also create the much needed jobs.
“Our strategy in Nigeria right now is really working around with stakeholders to build an online ecosystem, we are focused on three areas, the first is access and what we are really looking for is how do we get more Nigerians online, how do we remove the barriers to internet access, and so we are in conversations with service providers with regulators, with government agencies to know how we can get more users on line,” said Ehimuan.
“Nigeria has over 43 million internet users and having a website automatically means customers will be able to locate local businesses and local information easily and quickly,” she added. . .”
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