Nige­ria part­ners UAE on In­vest­ment Fo­rum at Gi­tex 2016

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - By Zakariyya Adaramola

The Na­tional In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy De­vel­op­ment Agency (NITDA) will be co-man­ag­ing the Africa In­vest­ment Fo­rum (AIF) with the Dubai World Trade Cen­tre (DWTC) as part of ma­jor con­fer­ence high­lights around the ma­jor themes of this year’s Gi­tex Tech­nol­ogy Show.

The Africa In­vest­ment Fo­rum will fo­cus on tech­nol­ogy in­vest­ments and how the con­ti­nent could lever­age on in­creas­ing value to GDP of ICT in most de­vel­op­ing economies, a state­ment said at the week­end.

Speak­ers across dif­fer­ent ver­ti­cals will be speak­ing on ICT dif­fu­sion across dif­fer­ent sec­tors that in­clude ed­u­ca­tion, cy­ber­se­cu­rity, star­tups, re­tail, en­ergy, health­care, and fi­nance.

More than 20 African coun­tries are ex­pected to par­tic­i­pate and pro­vide ground­work for driv­ing fur­ther in­vest­ments in the ICT sec­tor of the par­tic­i­pat­ing coun­tries.

“It is with great plea­sure, we an­nounce co-man­ag­ing ‘Africa In­vest­ment Fo­rum’ on 17th Oc­to­ber 2016 in Dubai, UAE. The Africa In­vest­ment Fo­rum will be strate­gi­cally lo­cated in Dubai World Trade Cen­tre dur­ing the sec­ond day of GI­TEX Tech­nol­ogy Week.

“The ICT sec­tor is no longer mar­ginal in Nige­ria and many African coun­tries. In­vest­ment in ICT has in the last decade be­come pro­found in both so­cial and eco­nomic terms. In the con­text of the ‘in­for­ma­tion

econ­omy,’ Africa has gained sig­nif­i­cantly as ICT vir­tu­ally drives a huge por­tion of na­tional economies.

“In Nige­ria, this sec­tor is al­ready deemed the most vi­able non-oil sec­tor and the Nige­rian gov­ern­ment is fur­ther en­er­giz­ing this sec­tor to bring more ben­e­fits,” said Act­ing Di­rec­tor­Gen­eral of the NITDA, Dr. Vin­cent Olatunji.

NITDA Act­ing DG, Dr Vin­cent Olatunji

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