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Indo-Africa ICT expo returns to Lagos, May 2018

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  • India continues its commitment African ICT sector development with the 4th edition of the Indo-Africa ICT Expo 2018 in Lagos, Nigeria
  • FG says expo part of plans to boost local content in ICT sector in order to make it compete favorably in the global market.
  • ITAN, ATCON, ALTON, CAPDAN, NCS, ISPON set to work with TEPC & NASSCOM on the expo

In furtherance of the Nigerian ICT Local Content drives and as part of the objectives of the Ministry of Communications in ensuring partnerships with foreign countries on the Executive Orders 003 and 005 domestication, Telecom Equipment and Services Export Promotion Council, National Association of Software and Services Companies of India are partnering with the Ministry to host Indo-Africa ICT Expo 2018 in Lagos, Nigeria.

Africa is among the fastest growing markets worldwide, improving macroeconomic indicators, conducive business environment, larger, younger and more affluent population, rising middle class – all are strong indicators of not only a source of capital but also of job creation, skills development, technology transfer, infrastructure development, responsible governance and most of all – sustained growth that eventually will lead to transformation of African economies!”

India and Africa are set forging closer cooperation in a determined effort to accelerate growth in Information and Communications Technology with a view to boost economies through greater penetration and use of advanced technologies and services.

To emphasize the relationship and commitment between India and African countries, Government of India has proposed to host the 3rd edition of Indo-Africa ICT Expo 2018 in conjunction with IT and Telecom Summit, on 22-23 May 2018 at the Eko Hotels and Convention Centre in Lagos, Nigeria.

A statement from the Office of the Minister of Communications, Mr. Adeabyo Shittu, described Indo-Africa ICT Expo 2018 as a platform to build synergy among India & African Countries to showcase innovative & diversified Products & Services and to bring together thought- leaders across the entire ICT value chain to discuss solutions to regulatory and business.

“As digitalization and mobility continue to transform business operations and everyday life, Indo-Africa ICT Expo 2018 presents the latest technologies that help companies in Africa to evolve and maintain a competitive edge in the Communications and digital world.

“This is the pivotal focus of a two-day international conference and exhibition, under the auspices of Indo-Africa relations, being organised by the Telecom Equipment and Services Export Promotion Council (TEPC), an organisation set up by the Government of India to promote and support export of telecom equipment and services”, the Statement reads.

TEPC is working in conjunction with the National Association of Software and Service Companies, (NASSCOM), which is the premier trade body and the chamber of commerce of the IT-BPM industries in India.

NASSCOM is a global trade body with more than 1800+ members, which include both Indian and multinational companies that have a presence in India.

The organisers have also partnered with industry associations in Nigeria, including the Information Technology Association of Nigeria (ITAN), Association of Licensed Telecom Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), Association of Telecom Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON), Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) as well as the Computer and Allied Products Dealers Association of Nigeria (CAPDAN) to make the event a full industry-focused programme.

The Expo will among others take a critical look at one world, one platform: technologies that transform.

“It is also expected to proffer practical steps and solutions that will assist the relevant MDA’s in formulating a robust roadmap towards a workable partnership in fostering Local ICT content among some of our development partners.

“It will offer huge business opportunities for our local entrepreneurs and start-ups to pitch their solutions and products to over 50 Indian companies who are all expected to attend the expo”, Minister’s Assistant said.

Hon. Minister of Communications, India, Mr. Manoj Sinha will be leading the Indian delegation of the ICT industry. Hon. Minister of Communications of Nigeria, Barrister Abdur-Raheem Adebayo Shittu has kindly consented to attend with large presence of Nigerian ICT industry. Hon. Minister of Communications Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful and Deputy Minister of Communications Mr. Vincent Sowah Odotei from Ghana have also accepted the invitation to attend the event. In addition to industry interactions, these countries will have bilateral meetings with India for expanding cooperation in ICT sector.

A key highlight of event will be an ICT Ministers’ Roundtable Meeting scheduled for May 21 2018, on the guiding theme ‘Digital Vision of the Developing Nations,” a platform for ministers to present and share the ICT visions of their countries over the next five years, thereby showcasing partnership opportunities that such vision would bring to the industry at large for the two regions.

ITAN President, Mr. Tayo Adeniyi, ALTON Chairman, Engr. Gbenga Adebayo, ATCON President, Engr. Olusola Teniola, among others, have been listed to speak at the event, while more are to be confirmed as the days go by.

Indo – Africa ICT Expo 2018 will be a platform for convergence of technology and business exchange.

The event should bring together over 300 companies/ delegates from India and Africa for the conference and attract over 3000 visitors for the exhibition.