By Tare Youdeowei
THE Governments of India and Nigeria are set to forge closer cooperation in a determined effort to accelerate growth in Information and Communications Technology with a view to boost both countries’ economies through greater penetration and use of advanced technologies and services.
This is the pivotal focus of a two-day international conference and exhibition, under the auspices of Indo-Africa relations, scheduled to hold at the Eko Hotel, Lagos, in September. The event is organised by the Telecom Equipment and Services Export Promotion Council (TEPC), an organisation set up by the government of India to promote and support export of telecom equipment and services.
The Indian Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Communications, Manoj Sinha, in a letter to his Nigerian counterpart, Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, said that “India has emerged as one of the prominent trade partners for Africa.” He added, “We have shown complementarities for business to expand and grow. IT and Telecom form the backbone for the growth of any country and Africa has been one of the fastest growing markets worldwide in ICT adoption and communication technology.
“The relationship and commitment between India and African countries, government of India has proposed to host the third edition of Indo-Africa ICT Expo 2017 in conjunction with IT and Telecom Summit. I request your ministry along with ICT departments to be partners for the event as we would bring together over 100 ICT companies from India and many more from ICT sector from Africa and attract over 2000 visitors.”
Barr. Shittu on his part praised the idea of the Indo-Africa ICT conference and promised Nigeria’s cooperation and participation to ensure a successful and worthwhile event for the good of India and Nigeria as well as the ICT industry in general.