NITDA, WEF com­mend Dig­i­tal Africa for its lo­cal con­tent

Daily Trust - - ITWORLD - From Nahimah Ajikanle Nu­rudeen, La­gos

The Na­tional In­for­ma­tion and Tech­nol­ogy De­vel­op­ment Agency (NITDA) have en­dorsed the Dig­i­tal Africa Con­fer­ence & Ex­hi­bi­tion 2014, stat­ing that its theme and con­tent is timely and top­i­cal.

The Min­istry of Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Tech­nol­ogy and World Elec­tron­ics Fo­rum (WEF) had re­cently threw their weight be­hind the con­fer­ence for pro­mot­ing “lo­cal and global tech­nol­ogy”.

The 2014 edi­tion of the Dig­i­tal Africa Con­fer­ence & Ex­hi­bi­tion, slated for May 20-22, 2014 in La­gos is the sec­ond in the se­ries.

Re­ceiv­ing the Dig­i­tal Africa Team dur­ing a work­ing visit to the agency, Act­ing Di­rec­tor Gen­eral, Na­tional In­for­ma­tion and Tech­nol­ogy De­vel­op­ment Agency (NITDA) Dr. Ashiru Daura said, “In the last decade, rapid churn out and mass pro­duc­tion of in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion tech­nol­ogy in­no­va­tion have changed the world as we know it.”

He said to en­sure align­ment and ad­her­ence to best prac­tices, pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tor in­sti­tu­tions in Nigeria have spent hun­dreds of bil­lions of Naira on tech­nol­ogy in­no­va­tions and so­lu­tions.

“Yet we can hardly point to global brands that have we grown out of the coun­try. As such, huge cap­i­tal flight plagues the fast grow­ing tech­nol­ogy sec­tor,” he said. Dr. Evans Wo­herem, Chair­man of Dig­i­tal Africa Global Con­sult Limited, or­gan­is­ers of the Dig­i­tal Africa Con­fer­ence said, “Our vi­sion is to move Africa from a pas­sive con­sumer to a dom­i­nant in­no­va­tor and user of dig­i­tal tech­nolo­gies.”

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