The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Pantami, has stated that the nation’s participation at the annual Gulf Information Technology Exhibition (GITEX) event, is a great step towards cross fertilization of ideas and technological innovations that will facilitate the implementation of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy, (NEDPS) plans of the government which was launched in 2019.
The Minister who leads the country’s delegation to the 40th edition of GITEX, declared the Nigerian pavilion opened on behalf of the President, Muhammadu Buhari.
He revealed after participating in seven consecutive editions of GITEX, Nigeria has been incorporated by the Dubai World Trade Centre, the organiser of the event as a partner.
GITEX is an annual consumer computer, information technology, and electronics show, conference and exhibition that takes place in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates.
The event is the biggest Information Technology show in Asia, Middle East and Africa with over 1200 innovative technology enterprises and startup. Also over 60 countries comprise various government establishment participate.
The minister who was highly delighted over the development said “I am glad that Nigeria has been incorporated into the official partners of Dubai World Trade Centre organiser of GITEX. It is highly commendable that we are now part and parcel of the event.”
He stated further that the nation’s participation at the annual global event is to cross fertilize ideas and technological innovations that will facilitate the implementation of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy, (NEDPS) plans of the government which was launched in 2019.
“As we can see, participation is all about cross fertilization of innovations and ideas; we are not here to participate just to see what is taken place rather to ensure that we get more investors that are willing to invest in Nigeria and secondly bro get technological transferred ideas and innovations,” he said.
The minister who recalled that the nation’s participation in the last edition was a huge success by the winning of first price by a Nigerian on Artificial Intelligence category was is hopeful that Nigeria start ups at this year event would perform far better.
Dr Pantami noted that active participation and attendance at of Nigeria’s delegates at conferences and seminar would be beneficial to the nation’s digital economy agenda.
“Whatever we learnt from here or ideas we shared with others are going to be beneficial to our country; you may recall that we have developed National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy for Digital Nigeria which has eight pillars and I do know that our participation here will facilitate the implementation of all the eight pillars, he said.
The Minister declared that the NEDPS and the National Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship Policy which work on it has reached advanced stage are two prerequisites to building an indigenous digital economy for a digital Nigeria which would ensure attainment of digital innovation and indigenous digital entrepreneurship.
The Minister accompanied by the Director General of National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi; MD/CEO Galaxy Backbone Limited, Professor Muhammed Abubakar; MD/CEO of Nigerian Communications Satellite (NIGCOMSAT) Limited, Abimbola Alale; Executive Vice Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof Umar Garba Danbatta, represented by the Executive Commissioner, Technical Services at the Commission, Engineer Ubale Maska; The General Manager, Petroleum Equalization Fund (Management) Board, Mr. Goddy Nnadi; other CEOs and other stakeholders in the Nigerian ICT industry, toured stands within Nigerian Pavilion.
Series of programmes lined up for the event continue tomorrow…