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NITDA prepares for workshop on national ICT standard, regulatory framework

A new dawn has began  at the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), after the inauguration and swearing_in of the Governing Board of Directors   with Senator Jubril Martins  Kuye ,  Former Minister of State, Federal Ministry of Finance as Chairman of the Board.

Management has therefore _ through the office of the Director for Standards – finalized arrangements to hold National Stakeholders’ Workshop on 4th of November (Abuja) and 17th of November 2009 (Lagos). With that in place, the Agency is now fully positioned to develop a regulatory framework for Standards, Guidelines and Operational Policies for Information Technology in Nigeria. The key intervention areas of the Framework are but no limited to the following:

*IT Intervention through policies; IT Regulatory and Legislative;  Interventions; IT Technical Standards ; IT Operational guidelines; IT Incentives. Due to the significance and the critical nature of the workshop, a special Web_based Questioners for General Users and Practicing Technologies have been originated at

The Regulatory Framework will describe applicable Standards, Guidelines and Policies on Information Technology in Nigeria. It will present a National framework for IT Standards and Guidelines for both end_users and policy maker ends in both public and private settings of the Nigeria Nation. Having identified IT objectives and usability in all sectors, the framework will ultimately become an extractable handbook for both government and industry in specifying the basic standards that must be met in handling Information Technology and Systems delivery models, project and services

The framework, apart from providing strategic guidelines to users and policy makers is expected to be a body of standards and recommended specifications for operationalizing the Development of IT in Nigeria. As a result, this framework the intervention Domains will be presented to Stakeholders for input and to recommend appropriate guidelines to justify and technically support the usability and sustainability of each group of standards.

The Stakeholders Workshop scheduled for Abuja and Lagos on 4th and 17th November 2009 respectively are in line with the design development of the Standards, Guideline and Policies. The Workshop will attempt to explore and address the following critical and challenging issues to national development in the emerging knowledge economy.
*Formulating and Drafting a National IT Standards Policy and strategy for the definition of strategic guidelines.
*The workshop should also make contribution by initiating a brainstorming process and coordinating body that introduces and maintain IT advisory standards, procedures and guidelines.

*Developing IT strategic thinking within the country by organizing sensitization seminars and identifying IT objectives in all sectors.

*Supporting the promotion of IT in all sectors of the economy.
*Setting the rules for competition in the IT market

*Defining regulatory and ethical framework of IT at the national level; in this regard, some of the areas of concern are:
*Intranets and internet regulation

•Required standards for IT businesses, (equipment, etc.) in accordance with the Government policy;
•Privacy and transparency on the information highway
•Intellectual property and content.

Defining and implementing a coordinating mechanism for all IT projects in public institutions and play a harmonizing role for IT development in the private sector;
Efforts in that direction aimed at:

•A more coherent integrated system at national level;
•Integrating the country into the “Global Village” through appropriate information systems
•Reducing ICT development costs by avoiding duplication

•Recommending technological choices for the country and adopting equipment and software standards to be used in public institutions

*Developing a mechanism for periodical technological review and information about new technologies.
*Finding strategies for proper cooperation and coordination between private and public sectors, for continued, harmonious and secure ICT development

To actively participate in within the mission and objectives of the workshop – incorporating other benefits to be derived from the development of Standards, Guidelines and Policies for Information Technology in Nigeria, Stakeholders are please requested to visit to make your contribution by filling the questionnaire.


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