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Indo -Africa ICT Expo 2018: Nigeria, India Partner For ICT Growth

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Nigerian Minister of Communication, Dr. Shittu Adebayo on Tuesday said that the Nigerian Government, in collaboration with the India Government was set to forge closer relationship in order to accelerate Information Communication and Technology (ICT) growth in the country as well as boost the two countries’ economies.

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The minister made this known during the Indo -Africa ICT Expo 2018 event which was held at Eko Hotels and Suites, Lagos.

The theme of event was: “One world,one platform: Let’s talk about digital transformation.”

Rrports have it that The Indo -Africa ICT Expo 2018 was organised to provide wider opportunities for African and Indian companies to stand out with their distinctive products through exhibition and networking activities and also to establish strategic partnerships among key players of the ICT ecosystem.
Adebayo said that Expo would most importantly offer huge opportunities for our local entrepreneurs and start-ups to pitch their solutions and products to over 75 Indian companies who were all expected to attend this Expo.

“The expo is timely and a milestone in the history of partnerships between India and Nigeria which will further promote ecosystem of digital Transformation, and forever change the way of seeing things and doing business.

“I am aware that India regards Nigeria as one of its most important partners in sub-Saharan Africa and It is also necessary to highlight the fact that India has a comparative advantage in the ICT sector which, I believe Nigeria can benefit hugely from.

” With the existence of several high profile ICT companies from India, Nigeria entrepreneurs and start-ups can tap into the abundance of technological knowledge to boost their business knowhow, “he said

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He said that the government had also expressed optimism that ICT remains the key tool that would help the country achieve the transformation which she desires.

He noted that consequently Nigeria’s drive to transforming the sector was predicted on ICT Strategic Roadmap, eGovernment Master Plan and the national Broadband Plan.

“We very strongly believe that our local entrepreneurs and start-ups will demonstrate their business acumen.

“They have the talent and the creativity and all it takes to make the kind of difference that can be done in the sector.

“The Ministry will continue to adapt to changes that innovation in technology brings, ” the minister said.

Adebayo said that they were fully committed to key into the astronomical growth of the technology industry and also hope to harness its full potential.

He said partnerships that would ensure the growth of technology industry would be welcomed.

Adebayo said that the world was experiencing a shift from the traditional ways of doing things to a more ICT-driven approach where organizations, and governments are forced to use technology to shape policies.

“You will agree with me that the existence of technological advancements is evident enough that the fourth industrial revolution is upon us.

“This is why the Government has taken ICT strategic roadmap very seriously and we can see that the Nigerian ICT and telecom industry is on the match.

‘ With the current efforts of the Buhari Administration at substantially reforming and commercializing the sector most especially NIPOST and NIGCOMSAT, there is no limit to how far nations can go in developing their socio economic conditions.

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“I have been made to understand that the two-day national and international forum will proffer practical steps and solutions that will assist the relevant MDAs in formulating a robust roadmap towards a workable partnership in fostering Local ICT Content among some of our development partners,” Adebayo said.

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