THE National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, has announced that all is now set for e-Nigeria Conference 2012. The IT summit, expected to host global leaders and showcase business and knowledge innovators and investors across the continent, will hold in Abuja from Tuesday November 20 Thursday November 22.
Expected at the event is Minister of Communications Technology, Mrs Omobola Johnson, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, former World Bank Vice President for Africa and other Nigerian leaders. The annual IT summit is convened with the chief aim of promoting local content in the country’s burgeoning IT industry, according to NITDA.
Director General of NITDA, Professor Cleopas Angaye said the event is designed to address key issues in relation to developing Nigeria’s IT capabilities to match the demands of the digital age. Angaye added that “if Nigeria must play actively in the digital age attention must shift from consumerism to active production of IT products and services, hence the theme of this year’s e-Nigeria conference “Local Content in IT Development in Nigeria”
Further, the conference will feature top speakers drawn from the IT industry and the business world to address grey areas in developing a vibrant Nigerian IT sector. Key among issues to be discussed include Framework for developing human capital and infrastructure for local content, innovations and technology acquisition in local content development, Value addition and wealth creation through IT and marketing “made in Nigeria” IT products and services.
According to Angaye the 2012 edition is targeted at developing strategies towards enhancing local content in IT development in Nigeria. Specifically it will address the challenges facing the locally made IT products and services with a view to making them globally competitive and efficient. One of the major features at e-Nigeria 2012 is the provision of innovation booth for young Nigeria IT entrepreneurs to exhibit their innovations for free.
E-Nigeria conference is organized by the NITDA, an agency of the Ministry of Communications Technology.