This Day (Lagos)

Nigeria: Foundation Hosts OEMs On Local Content

Business and Technology News Publishers Foundation (BTPF) is planning to boost an integrated local content technology evolution in Nigeria.

The foundation said it would host a breakfast meeting in the next two weeks in Lagos. The forum seeks to forge an enduring mutually beneficial partnership between the private and public sectors in order to evolve globally competitive Nigerian ICT brands.

A statement signed by the Chairman BTPF, Mr. Ken Ugbechie, said: "This is the first in a series of events planned to promote synergy among the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) dealing in computer brands, with the theme, OEMs Collaboration: The Key to Industry Growth & Survival.

As part of the inaugural event, the foundation will also use the occasion to publicly present and launch the logo of its advocacy project for the promotion of Nigeria Content Code, named Nigeria Content Advocacy Initiative (NiCADI).

The initiative is a multi-sector project that promotes domestication of technologies and services as well as building indigenous capacities and resources to remain at the cutting edge of global competition.

The Minister of Communications Technology, Mrs. Omobola Johnson , who has been pushing the local content initiative, which is a key element of President Goodluck Jonathan's transformation agenda for Nigeria, is expected to lead government's delegation to the event.

Other public sector players expected to deliver key presentations at the event include the Director General of the National Information Technology Development (NITDA), Prof. Cleopas Angaye, and the Director General of the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP), Dr. Umar Bindu. Also expected are delegates of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Nigeria Copyright Commission (NCC), all indigenous OEMs in the ICT industry, industry associations, financial institutions and the media.

Ugbechie further explained that NiCADI would serve as a catalyst to promote the domestication of technologies in Nigeria using indigenous capacities and resources.

" NiCADI is an advocacy project being promoted by the Foundation and it seeks to foster understanding, awareness and effectiveness of Nigeria contents in technology development. By creating the conditions for patronage of locally developed technology solutions and services, the initiative will help to strengthen government policy of inclusion of Nigeria content in the nation's technology space," Ugbechie said.

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