Nige­ria, Ghana agree to drive mu­tual IT agenda

Daily Trust - - IT WORLD - By Zakariyya Adaramola

The Na­tional In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy De­vel­op­ment Agency (NITDA) and Ghana’s Na­tional In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy Agency (NITA) have agreed to drive mu­tual IT agenda that will im­pact on the West African re­gion.

The two agen­cies met over the week­end in Ac­cra, Ghana to as­sess mu­tual ar­eas of in­ter­est and how the two eco­nomic pow­er­houses in West Africa can lever­age on ICT to bet­ter im­prove the eco­nomic po­ten­tials in the re­gion, a state­ment from NITDA said yes­ter­day.

“Both coun­tries are to work on agree­able terms to de­fine the na­ture and scope of the part­ner­ship to cover among oth­ers: hu­man cap­i­tal de­vel­op­ment, ICT star­tups and en­trepreneur­ship schemes, lo­cal con­tent, cy­ber se­cu­rity and smart city. The ar­eas of co­op­er­a­tion will also cover mu­tual sup­port for each coun­try’s IT re­lated events or such pub­lic sec­tor led IT events de­signed to draw in­vest­ments and de­vel­op­ments to the two coun­tries.

“The need for us as neigh­bours and as de­vel­op­ing coun­tries to iden­tify com­mon goals and com­mon strate­gies’ within the sub-re­gion to ap­proach is­sues as re­lat­ing to IT is both im­por­tant and de­sirous now so as to raise the eco­nomic for­tunes of our two coun­tries”, said the act­ing Di­rec­tor Gen­eral /CEO of the NITDA, Dr Vin­cent Olatunji.

“We welcome a part­ner­ship with Nige­ria and see it as ex­i­gent to ac­tu­al­is­ing our own man­date as a coun­ter­part IT agency in Ghana.,” said CEO of the NITA, Mr. Ge­orge Atta-Boatang.

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