Untapped economic potentials   Solid minerals: Gold, Lithium, etc.   Information technology (ICT)  
Stronger economies together   Arewa center of excellence   Arewa strategic development  
Era of collaboration & partnership   Small & medium enterprises   Arewa regional decision makers  
Arewa demographic shifts   Arewa, the quest for unity   Publications  



Promoting the development of a high quality multi-year plan that builds on the economic strengths of the entire Arewa region.


The usual Government approach to growing their local economy has been through attracting foreign investment but now they have begun to realize that apart of attracting foreign direct investments (FDIs) there are other strategies to grow their economy - helping their existing businesses grow. In some world communities this approach has become known as economic gardening, an entrepreneurial approach to economic development.


Economic Gardening is the Best Practice standard for an entrepreneurial approach to economic development. The program focuses on supporting local businesses with strategic information and frameworks to grow locally. It provides strategic research and frameworks to help local companies scale up, adding jobs and wealth to the community. It’s team specialists in the use of sophisticated corporate tools like database research, search engine optimization, geographic information systems, physical market research and listening posts to find new business methods and markets, provide competitive advantage, intelligence and industry trends, assess digital marketing efforts and find qualified sales leads.

As various diverse and talented people begin to work together and interact and talk and improvise their way towards the goal of sustainable economic development focusing of little margins with bulk sales, efficient service delivery and quality products, they're going to learn from each other and be more successful.


Get the best opportunities for your small business - Arewa SME can help!
When you start a small business in Arewa (northern Nigeria),
you’re part of a larger community, because small businesses employs so many people in the region. When you expand or move a small business to Arewa, you are part of a group that employs more than half of our private-sector workforce. AREWA Center for Regional Development (ACRD) believes Arewa leaders should provide a comprehensive array of programs, incentives and initiatives to support small business growth and help entrepreneurs maximize their opportunities for success. Part of ACRD mission is to help Arewa Leaders to support SMEs to develop and expand into business of tomorrow.


Arewa Regional Decision Maker (RDM) is a powerful suite of mapping websites/Apps and tools that enables users to make informed decisions quickly and efficiently. RDM facilitates and enables regional decision making in a number of ways. Most importantly, it allows decision makers to interact with data through customizable, user-friendly tools and geographic visualization. This high level of interactivity enables decision makers to generate powerful insights more quickly for strategic economic planning. The northern Nigeria’s regional economic ecosystems and regional innovation clusters should focus on these opportunities: Regional Decision Maker (RDM).



 Restructuring may not be a bad idea for the North because the North has so many Potentials of Solid Mineral Exploration, so great that by the time the northern  Governors realize it they will almost forget about allocation funds coming from Federal Government and too much Taxes on its citizens to generate more internally generated revenue (IGR). The potential is great and better than crude oil of the south. Gold, Uranium, Iron Ore, Gemstones, Columbite, Tantalite, Kaolin, Goshenite and other precious minerals are everywhere across the north, but also High-Grade Lithium ore in Brine Rocks, lithium-bearing pegmatite and spodumene, a critical component for making electric car batteries. By 2030, oil will no longer be that important as electric cars will take over, lithium batteries will also be used for powerhouses and so much more. The potentials for export of these natural minerals and local use in manufacturing from the north are unparalleled.


The northern demographic shifts will fuel the growth of new sectors, markets and service lines. They will begin to innovate and with creativity build viable businesses in areas of the business supply chain, and in agriculture, livestock mainstreaming, no more transporting live animals to the south but slaughtered and freight in refrigerated trucks, renewable energy like solar farming, ICT, Business Processing Outsourcing and in healthcare, manufacturing and revitalizing Kannywood entertainment industry in partnership with Indian Bollywood.  The unity of northern diversity is the power that will propel the business communities and consequently, the northern upcoming industries into new dimensions of performance. Soon there will be on the horizon, more northern banks, northern media and corporations; and northern intelligentsia that will meet every contemporary challenge; build capacity and human capital knowledge-pool; and the end of youths banditry, kidnappings, communal crises, terrorism and religious violence because everyone will have work and meaningful things to do under strong, compassionate leadership, propelling the country to a Greater Height as a whole. ICT-enabled solutions in healthcare, agriculture, education, financial services and States-public services will drive socio-economic inclusion of everyone in the region and the country faster, cheaper and more efficient than traditional methods. Indeed, the North; and Nigeria will be Great Again... READ THE WHOLE INTERVIEW


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