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Six million e-commerce jobs coming by 2015 – Minister

BY Dotun Ibiwoye

Minister of Communications Technology, Mrs. Omobola Johnson, has disclosed that an estimated 6. 2 million e-commerce related jobs will be created between now and 2015.

Johnson noted that the contribution of ICT industry to the GDP is 7.5 percent and the country is already witnessing increasing participation of indigenous companies like Jumia Nigeria and others.

The minister made this assertion at the first Annual eCommerce Conference hosted by Jumia.com in Lagos, with theme: ‘eCommerce and ICT in Nigeria: an Engine for Job Creation and Economic Growth’, in commeration of its first year anniversary.

She stressed that the developing ICT ecosystem in the country is a wonderful opportunity which increases percentage of local content in products and services.

According to her: “In a less fragmented industry with strong growth across most sectors, , an estimated 6.2 million jobs will be created by e-commerce and the contribution of ICT industry to the GDP is 7.5 percent by 2015. The ICT is the primary driver of growth of the Nigerian economy and we are already witnessing increasing participation of indigenous companies and Jumia is one of them.

“The developing ICT ecosystem is a source of tremendous opportunities which engenders an environment that encourages and rewards innovation. The opportunities also increases percentage of local content in products and services, utilisation of local capacity, increases percentage of domestic value-add increased retention of value in the country and increased opportunities for job creation.”

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