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NITDA, DWTC Engage NIPC, Others to Promote ICT Startups




AS part of its desire to further cement its relationship with the Nigerian government and other stakeholders through the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) announced it was already working with the NITDA to identify ICT start-ups in the country in order to help grow local entrepreneurship into global technology players.

Mr. Bilal Al-Rais, DWTC’s director of Sales Exhibitions and Events Management, who was attending the eNigeria conference and exhibition at the instance of the NITDA made this announcement to the media during a recent courtesy visit to the Executive Secretary of Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC), Mrs. Uju Hassan-Baba, in Abuja. ‎

The NIPC had last October featured in the Nigerian Pavilion inside the GITEX technology show organized by the DWTC.

The Nigerian Pavilion at GITEX was put together by the NITDA as part of efforts to drive global attention and investment on Nigeria’s fledgling technology sector. GITEX is the fastest growing technology expo in the world.

In the 35th edition that took place this year, the NITDA themed Nigeria’s presence on ‘opening global marketplace for local ICT startups.’ Fourteen startups were promoted alongside 12 other more established Nigerian ICT companies in the five-day event that recorded over 145, 000 trade visitors from over 115 countries. ‎

“I’m in the country to attend the eNigeria conference organized by the NITDA and also explore further opportunities with other stakeholders. As you may already be aware, the Dubai World Trade Centre is the organisers of the fastest growing large-scale ICT exhibition in the world called Gitex Technology Week and Nigeria’s participation has steadily been growing in value through the efforts of Mr. Peter Jack and his team at the NITDA,” said Al Rais.

Al Rais said part of the objectives of his visit is to see how the NITDA could further consolidate on its goal to promote local startups globally with the participation of sister agencies such as the NIPC and the Nigeria Export Promotion Council (NEPC) that he had also paid courtesy visit too.

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