At the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting held on Wednesday, August 2, 2017, the FEC approved the grant of pioneer status to 27 industries.
These industries include:
- E-commerce services;
- Software development and publishing;
- Mining and processing of coal;
- Processing and preservation of meat/poultry and production of meat/poultry products;
- Manufacture of starches and starch products;
- Processing of cocoa;
- Manufacture of animal feeds;
- Tanning and dressing of Leather;
- Manufacture of leather footwear, luggage and handbags;
- Manufacture of household and personal hygiene paper products;
- Manufacture of paints, vanishes and printing ink;
- Manufacture of plastic products (builders’ plastic ware) and moulds;
- Manufacture of batteries and accumulators;
- Manufacture of steam generators
- Manufacture of railway locomotives, wagons and rolling stock;
- Manufacture of metal-forming machinery and machine tools;
- Manufacture of machinery for metallurgy;
- Manufacture of machinery for food and beverage processing;
- Manufacture of machinery for textile, apparel and leather production;
- Manufacture of machinery for paper and paperboard production;
- Manufacture of plastics and rubber machinery;
- Waste treatment, disposal and material recovery;
- Motion picture, video and television programme production, distribution, exhibition and photography;
- Music production, publishing and distribution;
- Real estate investment vehicles under the Investments and Securities Act;
- Mortgage backed securities under the Investments and Securities Act; and
- Business process outsourcing.
A pioneer status entitles the companies within the approved industries to tax holiday from the payment of corporate income tax for an initial period of three years, extendable for one or two additional years.
The grant of pioneer status to e-commerce, software development and publishing is aimed enhancing the growth of e-commerce and information technology in Nigeria.