Nige­ria Takes SMEs, In­no­va­tors, Oth­ers to ITU Tele­com Fo­rum

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Con­scious of the re­al­ity that Small Medium En­ter­prise (SMEs) en­trepreneurs and start-ups are crit­i­cal driv­ers for eco­nomic growth, Nige­ria will this year em­pha­sise their par­tic­i­pa­tion in the In­ter­na­tional Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Union (ITU) Tele­com World, which holds in Dur­ban, South Africa from Septem­ber 10-13.

Apart from SMEs, in­no­va­tors and their in­no­va­tions are also slated to have a good show­ing at this year’s event.

Nige­ria had a suc­cess­ful out­ing in ITU Tele­com World 2017 in Bu­san, South Korea, when five of the coun­try’s SMEs/ In­no­va­tors made the fi­nal ITU Global list­ing for SMEs/ In­no­va­tors awards. Three of them made the honours’ list.

As part of the plan for this year’s ITU Tele­com World, the Lo­cal Or­gan­is­ing Com­mit­tee (LOC) pub­lished no­tices in the me­dia re­cently, invit­ing in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tions tech­nol­ogy (ICT) prac­ti­tion­ers and SMEs op­er­at­ing as eEn­vi­ron­ment, Tech­nol­ogy Hubs, In­no­va­tion In­cu­ba­tors, e-Ed­u­ca­tion, e-Health, eCom­merce, e-Fi­nance, Youth Em­pow­er­ment and Em­ploy­ment, to en­list for par­tic­i­pa­tion at ITU Tele­com World 2018.

ITU Tele­com World 2018 theme is “In­no­va­tion for Smarter Dig­i­tal Devel­op­ment.” The LOC said for SMEs/In­no­va­tors to be se­lected, “their tech-en­abled so­lu­tion must be creative, in­no­va­tive, and glob­ally rel­e­vant. Such prod­ucts/ser­vices must pro­vide demon­stra­ble im­pact or rad­i­cal im­prove­ment in ser­vice de­liv­ery or pro­cesses to a spe­cific area such as agri­cul­ture, ed­u­ca­tion, health, gov­er­nance, se­cu­rity,” among oth­ers. In­no­va­tions must be unique, scal­able and patented with a model to show­case.

ITU Tele­com World 2018 is an elec­tion year and Nige­ria is vy­ing for two po­si­tions: ITU Ad­min­is­tra­tive Coun­cil and Direc­tor in charge of Bureau for Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Devel­op­ment (BDT) for which Mr. Williams Ijeh is a can­di­date.

In April this year, Chief Reg­u­la­tor and Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Chair­man (EVC) of Nige­rian Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mis­sion (NCC), Prof. Umar Garba Dan­batta, launched Nige­ria’s cam­paign for the two po­si­tions, when he hosted a din­ner for high pro­file ITU per­son­al­i­ties in­clud­ing Sec­re­tary Gen­eral, Mr. Houlin Zhao, of­fi­cials of the global reg­u­la­tory agen­cies, min­is­ters, reg­u­la­tors and global dig­ni­taries in Geneva, Switzer­land.

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