In a statement issued in Abuja, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the decision to grant the industry 'Pioneer Status' is in fulfillment of the promise made by the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, represented by the
Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, at the opening of the Creative Industry Financing Conference in Lagos 17-18 July 2017.
The 'Pioneer Status' is granted to companies making investments in qualifying industries and products as tax holiday from the payment of corporate income tax and withholding tax on dividend from pioneer profits for an initial period of three years, extendable for one or two additional years.
The 'Pioneer Status' for the Creative Industry covers music production, publishing and distribution (including online digital distribution); Photography; Production and post-production of digital content for motion pictures, videos, television programmes, commercials, distribution and exhibition (digital movies, animation, videos, tv programmes and commercials); Publishing of books (copyrighted books) and development and Publishing of ready-made software (operating systems, software applications and computer games).
''This is a shot in the arm for the Creative Industry, and it will definitely catalyze investments in the industry. It is also the answer to our quest to spur the establishment of world class studios in Nigeria for production and post-production of movies and music videos,'' the Minister said.
He said the need to grant 'Pioneer Status' to the Creative Industry as well as tackle the piracy of creative works were among the key issues raised by participants at the Creative Industry Financing Conference.
''It is a measure of the increasing importance attached to the industry by the Federal Government that these issues are now being
handled with utmost urgency. First, the 'Pioneer Status' has been
grantedof the conclusion of the conference.
Secondly, an Anti-Piracy Committee, comprising representatives of the
Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, industry stakeholders and
the police, has been set up to work out the modality for tackling
piracy in a lasting and sustainable manner,'' Alhaji Mohammed said.
He thanked the stakeholders in the Creative Industry for supporting
the Federal Government in its efforts that have succeeded in putting
the industry in the front burner of the economy and made it a key
plank of the government's economic diversification policy.
''We are determined to do more for the Creative Industry in order to
allow the creative talents of our youths to blossom, create massive
jobs and position Nigeria as a global hub for the industry,'' the
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