15 November 2012

Nigeria: e-Nigeria 2012 to Address ICT Capabilities

National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), the government agency responsible for the implementation of Information Technology (IT) policies in the country has said that this year's conference on e-Nigeria, would address the country's IT potentials and capabilities.

Director-General of NITDA, Prof. Cleopas Angaye, who gave the information recently, said e-Nigeria had over the years, become West Africa's biggest information and communications technology (ICT) show, positioning itself as a global brand.

According to him, "the fast pace of Nigeria's IT growth and the unlimited global market opportunity we provide has further added to the wide international attraction that e-Nigeria is now enjoying."

Announcing this year's conference, Angaye said it had been designed to address key issues in relation to developing Nigeria's IT capabilities to match the demands of the digital age.

Angaye added that if Nigeria's must play actively in the digital age, attention must shift from consumerism to active production of IT products and services, hence the theme of this year's e-Nigeria conference: "Local Content in IT Development in Nigeria"

The event which draws attendance from within and outside the continent provides a platform for young IT entrepreneurs, experts, policy makers and other stakeholders as well as showcase business and knowledge innovators and investors across the continent.

The annual conference on information technology will focus on promoting local content in the country's IT industry, in pursuance of government's transformation agenda.

Scheduled to hold in Abuja between 20th and 22nd November, the conference will feature key speakers drawn from the IT industry and the business world to address grey areas in developing a vibrant Nigerian IT sector.

Issues to be discussed include Framework for developing human capital and infrastructure for local content, innovations and technology acquisition in local content development; and Value addition and wealth creation through IT and marketing "made in Nigeria" IT products and services.

Former Vice-President and African Region of the World Bank, Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili, will lead a delegation of high-powered speakers at this year's conference

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