By Laju Iren

eWORLD magazine has concluded plans to hold the 2016 edition of its annual forum on March 24. The Forum,   themed: Expanding Nigeria’s Digital Frontier In the Change Era will discuss subthemes as The Digital Financial Services and Financial Inclusion, expanding the Infrastructure and services ecosystem, the role of broadband infrastructure, digital Broadcasting Ecosystem, the question of the Nigerian content and ICT as Catalyst for economic rejuvenation.

Publisher of eWorld Magazine, Aaron Ukodie said Nigeria’s 2015 slide in performance in global ICT Development Index shows that the country was yet to overcome its digital divide challenges and derive maximum benefit from ICTs for her development.

He said Nigeria has not adequately situated itself in global growth in digital financial services in the form of mobile money so as to advance the trend and bring about inclusiveness.

According to him Digital financial services allow millions of people who are otherwise excluded from the formal financial system to perform financial transactions relatively cheaply, securely, and reliably.

Ukodie also stated that mobile broadband infrastructure and services that could enhance the digital life and its associated benefits are still at the low level and stakeholders need to be galvanized to achieve the 2018 broadband penetration projections.

Again, he said Nigeria is yet to access the benefits of digital broadcasting and talks about the Nigerian content were yet to achieve the desired results.

The eWorld Forum 2016 seeks to provide answers to these questions and provide a platform for stakeholders to once again address these vital issues and provide achievable roadmap and strategy for achieving stakeholders’ yearnings, especially in this era of Change.

The objective of the Forum is to identify the technology trends in digital financial services over the coming years and how the role of various stakeholders in this ecosystem will evolve. This will include identifying underlying frameworks, new business models and public private partnership arrangements necessary for digital financial services. The Forum would also create a platform for dialogue between the telecom and financial services regulators to discuss emerging issues and best practices for the policy and regulatory framework for financial inclusion and re-examine the roadmap for achieving the 2018 broadband projection.


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