NITDA woos global tech bodies for startup ecosystem support
The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has commenced engagements with international bodies in ensuring that a formidable startup ecosystem is built in the country through resources that are harnessed from global tech giants for the sustenance of the country’s digital economy.
In achieving the mandate of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration towards rejuvenating the country’s tech startup ecosystem with a million tech jobs, NITDA said it has been meeting with global tech giants by creating platforms for startups where ideas, programmes and expertise can be shared.
The Director-General of NITDA, Kashifu Inuwa, made this known when he received a delegation from the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) led by its Executive Vice President, Trixie Lohmirman, to the corporate headquarters of the agency in Abuja.
Welcoming the visitors to Nigeria, the NITDA boss stated that collaboration is highly essential in creating a vibrant tech ecosystem globally. He further noted that big techs in the world need the talents in Africa to survive and thrive.
“When you talk about innovation and talent in the digital economy, Africa is the next frontier in terms of our youthful population. Even the big techs are coming to Nigeria and Africa to open their engineering departments because they need talents to survive”, he said.
While applauding the visitors for organising the yearly Gulf Information Technology Exhibition in Dubai, Inuwa called on the DWTC to consider the hosting of GITEX Africa in Nigeria as was done in Marakech Morocco 2023
“We are moving towards having strong conferences in Nigeria and we also need your participation. You should also come to Nigeria”, he added.
Laying more emphasis, he disclosed that the country would be organising two conferences in the year, and he thinks it is an opportunity for the visitors to leverage their existing relationship and become core partners at the event.
Aside from the yearly Digital Nigeria Conference being organised by NITDA in October, the DG stated that the agency is partnering with the USA consulate general to bring all the USA companies to Nigeria for a Pan-African conference in the country, which is the Global Tech Africa in November.
“The doors are still open to partner with us because we already have Business Sweden, the German government and other European countries on board for the summit. So, you can also be a sponsor,” he urged.
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