NITDA to leverage AfCFTA to build digital market
As Nigeria moves towards diversifying its economy using technology, the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), has proposed partnership with the Republic of Namibia in the areas of Innovation and Entrepreneurship through African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).
NITDA said this is because Africa as a continent, lost out during the First, Second and Third Industrial Revolutions due to the huge capital investments requirements, but with the Fourth Industrial Revolution comes endless opportunities.
NITDA said: “All it needs is talent and a vibrant, young technological- driven generation. It is therefore imperative for African countries to encourage “Made in Africa” products by exploring and exploiting opportunities provided by emerging technologies to build an enviable global market standard.”
The agreement, in finding a viable route for digital trade resolution, was made when the High Commissioner of Namibia to Nigeria and Permanent Representative to ECOWAS, Humphrey D Geiseh paid a courtesy visit to the Agency’s Corporate Headquarters, Abuja.
The Director-General of NITDA, Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, expressed his delight at the High Commissioner’s enthusiasm in seeking collaborations with NITDA in building a stronger relationship and developing technological products between the two countries.
Abdullahi stated that the a` gency has been implementing the National IT Policy until 2019 when the Ministry’s mandate was expanded to cover Digital Economy. He averred that this was because Communications was not an end but a means to an end.
He said it was important to calibrate activities and align them with the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS), which necessitated the Agency to come up with a new Strategic Road Map and Action Plan.
The DG stated that ‘Emerging Technologies’ which is a strategic pillar in the road map should be used to create and capture technological values in Africa.