Nigeria’s capital city, Abuja would be hosting the 3rd IT Edge West Africa Convergence Forum Nove-mber 5.Organisers of the event, Knowledge Media International (KMI) Limited said that the yearly IT Edge West Africa Convergence Forum has cemented its position as West Africa’s premier ICT event focusing on convergence, innovation and the consequences of policy thrusts on a converging environment.

With last year’s event drawing participants from Sierra Leone, Ghana, Rwanda and a large turnout from the public and private sectors including finance, education, research and the energy industries in Nigeria, the IT Edge West Africa Convergence Forum may have become the major knowledge platform to articulate the way forward in the region’s fast converging ICT market valued in excess of $98 billion.

The 2008 Forum was declared open by Nigeria’s Minister of State of Information and Communications, Alhaji Dasuki Nakande with a lead presentation by Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigeria Communications Commission Engr. Ernest Ndukwe who also chaired one of the sessions. Also in attendance, leading the delegates from Ghana was Prof Clement Dzidonu, ICT consultant to the Economic Commission of Africa.

The 2009 Convergence Forum, according to the organisers, promises to be a knowledge feast with the support of major industry stakeholders including the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC), the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).

Also the global telecom giant Ericsson, has been announced as the Forum’s Innovation Partner. This year’s theme is ‘Content & Policy Dynamics in the Converged Market’ designed to highlight the raging debate on content provision, ownership and regulation within the framework of government’s continuous policy thrust.

The Forum is divided into two sessions and a Regulatory Roundtable to explore the challenges of regulation,competition, and cooperation towards adopting a sustainable roadmap to addressing the rising issues in the converged marketplace. Session I is titled ‘Content(s) in the Converged Environment – where are the managers and the offerings?’ and Session II focuses on ‘Policy/ Regulatory Dynamics in the Converged Market.

‘ “Convergence has become a major theme in the industry to underscorewhere the ICT industry is now and where it is headed. Convergence is behind most of new developments in the ICT sector and opens a wave of opportunities for investors. We are glad to be associated with IT Edge on this” said Director General of the NITDA Professor Cleopas Angaye in Abuja while underscoring the benefits of the 2008 Forum.

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