Major Stakeholders in Nigeria’s Information and Communications Technology industry has confirmed has confirmed the participation and sponsorship for the National Dialogue on Telecoms and ICT Sector in Nigeria.
Organized by the Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), the national dialogue is slated for Thursday, March 26, 2020 at NAF Conference Centre and Suites, Abuja by 9am, with the theme: ‘Harnessing the Digital Resources for the building of our National Economy’.
Some of the companies are Huawei, VDT Communications, MainOne, 21st Century Technologies Limited, Airtel, Facebook, PPC, NCC, NITDA, Pan African Towers, NiRA, Broadbased Communications and the Government of Plateau State.
According to a statement signed by ATCON’s Executive Secretary, Ajibola Olude, these companies will form part of the panel discussions at the dialogue. They will discuss the digital economy in Nigeria: challenges and opportunities and private public partnership and development of mechanism for the seamless management of inter-ministries and agencies: an imperative for broadband infrastructure development in Nigeria.
Other discussions are national funding and investment strategy for broadband infrastructure and digital economy: the importance of education and awareness and regulation on emerging technologies (AI, IoT, robotics, blockchain, etc): leveraging on Nigerian young population’s innovation and creativity for national development.
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami has been scheduled to deliver a Keynote Address on the above-listed topics.
The strategic objectives of the national dialogue is to channel collaborative efforts toward Nigerian Digital Economy with the sole aim of accelerating the country’s economy’s performance in relation to other leading African countries. The dialogue will also serve as a forum to discuss the recently launched documents on Digital Economy and take stakeholders input for implementation.
Other objectives include to optimally X-ray the factors that have worked for and against the telecom and ICT sector in Nigeria and to discuss regulations and policies around AI, IoT and Blockchain.
ATCON believes that the growth across all the sectors of Nigeria’s economy is expected to be exponential as a result of the resolve of the Federal Government of Nigeria under the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy to drive the entire economy through digital resources.
Thus, this strategic dialogue plans to bring together the Presidency, National Assembly, relevant Federal Ministries, State Governors, ICT State Commissioners, Telecom and ICT Operating Companies, World Bank and other relevant international agencies.
One of the overriding deliverables of this national dialogue on telecoms and ICT sector is that the adoption of digital resources by all aforementioned sectors would lead to development which would eventually make Nigeria to join the league of the top 20 global economies.
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami has been scheduled to deliver a Keynote Address at the National Dialogue on Telecommunications and ICT sector In Nigeria, which is being organized by the Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON).