Gitex 2016 to expose opportunities in Nigeria’s non-oil sectors
The Nigerian Pavilion at Gitex 2016 will be exposing opportunities in non-oil sectors and how the government is committed to supporting foreign and local entrepreneurship, particularly in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector,
Head of Corporate Affairs at the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Mrs. Hadiza Umar, told the media in Lagos. Umar is a member of the Nigeria at Gitex2016 Local Organising Committee (LOC) and heads the sub-committee on Managing and Promoting the Nigerian Pavilion.
The Nigeria at Gitex 2016 LOC was recently inaugurated by the acting Director-General of the NITDA, Dr. Vincent Olatunji in a ceremony that also officially commenced the selection of the country’s 15 to 17 startup champions that will pitch for business and partnerships at the Gitex Startup Movement where over 400 global investors community are expected to converge for five days.
Olatunji had stressed at the inauguration in Abuja that The NITDA will foster its 2016 Gitex presence on “the promotion of ICT startups as the country aggressively pursues foreign earnings in non-oil sectors.” While speaking in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial nerve centre, over the weekend, Umar said Nigeria will not be in the global technology event for a jamboree.
Her words: “There are clear objectives for joining over 130 countries to be part of Gitex to showcase our budding ICT industry and provide a platform for foreign prospects to see the boundless opportunities in our non-oil sectors.
“Last year there were over 150, 000 trade visitors to the Gitex Technology Week, the Nigerian Pavilion attracted well over 4000 visitors and hundreds of enquiries; we had official visitation from public and private sectors from Bahrain, Serbia, Egypt, Malaysia and the UAE among others.
Of course, there were numerous enquiries and set-up meetings from several offshore companies seeking to see how they do business in Nigeria and how to could explore partnerships with existing companies in Nigeria.”
While encouraging Nigerian companies to leverage on the opportunities provided by the country’s pavilion, she said last year, “the Nigerian Pavilion boasted of heavy public sector and private sector exhibitors.