Invest In Niger

In his program of candidate for the supreme magistracy of Niger, the President of the Republic HE Mr. ISSOUFOU MAHAMADOU, elected following democratic and transparent free elections recognized by the national political actors and the external partners, undertook to make the Niger an emerging country resting on solid pillars.

This desire was clearly expressed in the Government’s General Policy Statement. It is based on the security of people and property, the establishment of democratic and stable institutions, good governance, recognized and protected freedoms, as well as an economy of growth and sustainable development through the exploitation of natural resources, infrastructure development and intensification of agricultural production.

The security and political context

The highlight is undeniably the preservation of the climate of security and peace, in a sub-regional context attacked by armed conflicts and all forms of terrorist threats. Indeed, the Libyan crisis extended and amplified by the separatist and terrorist movements in Mali has revealed the solidity of the security apparatus in Niger, which makes this country appear as an island of stability and peace, which must be preserved at all costs. in order to prevent the joining of these movements with those operating in northern Nigeria.

This is why the President of the Republic has made it clear that security is consubstantial with economic and social development. He therefore opted for a global solution affecting both the security, economic and administrative aspects. In this perspective, the Government is committed to promoting and accelerating economic and social development, but also to strengthening the capabilities of the defense and security forces to ensure the safety of people and property throughout the national territory . In this case, Niger has chosen to advocate for greater cooperation between the ECOWAS countries and the countries of the Sahelo-Saharan zone, in order to provide common responses to these threats that are developing. worldwide.

To consolidate these actions in the long term, the Government has endeavored to install strong, credible and sustainable democratic institutions during its first year. Thus all the institutions of the Republic are in place and functional (National Assembly, Mediator, Economic and Social Council, High Court of Justice, National Commission of Human Rights, Court of Accounts, Superior Council of Communication and the Constitutional Court). The democratic exercise of power is a reality, it ensures the participation of all the forces of the nation to the balance of power.

Likewise, the Government is working tirelessly to establish a culture of good governance, based on the following themes:

  • The fight without weakness against corruption, assault, trafficking in influence and embezzlement of public funds through several strong actions: the strengthening of the capacity of judges, the systematic control of the judicial and penitentiary services; the creation of a National Agency for Legal Assistance and the creation of a website: In addition, a green line for collecting complaints and denunciations and an Anti-Corruption Authority has been set up. Finally The consolidation of public finances continues with the treatment of economic and financial crime cases and the anti-money laundering office, created within the framework of the African Economic Union (CENTIF) has been strengthened and revitalized.
  • The promotion of freedom of opinion and expression, with the adoption of a law decriminalizing the crime of the press, granted an annual subsidy to independent press organs. To reinforce this will SEM the President of the Republic signed the declaration of the mountain table. This led RSF to reclassify Niger of the 175 th place to the 29 th place in terms of press freedom worldwide and 4 th place at the African level.
  • Promotion of human rights; On this subject, the government successfully passed the Universal Periodic Review on June 11, 2011 on the occasion of the 17 th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, which earned Niger to be cited as a model of “good practices” in respect of human rights;

The Economic Context

The economic context of the company has also undergone profound changes in order to facilitate the development of mining, hydric, agricultural and forestry potentialities. The Government has thus reaffirmed the choice of a market economy open to the rest of the world, within an integrated subregional framework. So :

  • State monopolies have thus been abolished and free competition is guaranteed in all sectors of the economy. The state has in this dynamic disengaged from the market sectors;
  • The creation of a specialized structure in the facilitation of creation and support of companies, called “the house of the company”;
  • The creation of the National Council of Private Investors (CNIP) , under the chairmanship of His Excellency the Prime Minister, Head of Government and with as First Vice-President, the President of the Consular Chamber. the CNIP is composed of Ministers and representatives of all economic branches. It is an instance of analysis and decisions, to remove obstacles and impediments to private investment.
  • Adhering to the sub-regional and regional integration process by belonging to ECOWAS and UEMOA, a market of more than 300 million consumers, which is a powerful incentive for investment;
  • The Niger also serves as a supply gate for the most populous country of ECOWAS (Nigeria) which has more than 160 million inhabitants, with whom it shares a border over 1,800 km;
  • Niger’s accession to the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA);

In perspective, good governance, the implementation of the “3N” Initiative, the development of transport and energy infrastructures, mining exploitation and diversification, as well as the modernization of urban centers will boost growth in 2012 with a real rate of 14%, according to the estimates of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and a 2-digit evolution over the next few years.