The Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), organizer of the annual Gulf Information Technology Exhibition (Gitex) has met with the Lagos State executives, including the Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, his Deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat and other senior functionaries in Lagos to explore how to deepen partnership with Nigeria’s commercial capital and most populous state of over 20 million people.
This is even as the DWTC team led by the Vice President, Technology and Digital Cluster, Bilal Al Rais applauded Nigeria’s progress with its digital economy roadmap describing it as “pulsating and encouraging in the last three years.”
Others in the DWTC team that affirmed its commitment to partner with the Nigerian government at all levels to bring the benefits of ICT to millions of Nigerians, are the Group Director Strategy & Senior Government Advisor, Radoine Nachdi; and local country representatives, Pinnacle International Consulting including President & CEO, Akande Ojo; and Director of Government Engagement & Media, Olusegun Oruame.
During the meeting, Governor Sanwo-Olu reiterated his administration’s commitment to developing physical infrastructures across the state and investing in the growth of digital talents.
The DWTC is already partnering with the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and its parent ministry, the Ministry of Communications Digital Economy to expose startups, private enterprises and government entities to global innovation and tech communities at the annual GITEX GLOBAL.
Lagos is working to remain the hub for technology infrastructure and digital skills and welcomes collaboration that will further grow this vision as well as deepen the value proposition of the ecosystem, said Governor Sanwo-Olu at the interaction inside the Lagos Governor House that also had in attendance, Lagos State Commissioner for Science and Technology, Mr. Hakeem Fahm; the Special Adviser on Innovation and Technology, Olatunbosun Alake; and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology Engr (Mrs.) Ibilola Olufolake Kasunmu.
Earlier in Abuja, Al Rais had stressed the importance of collaboration to fully exploit the benefits of technology across sectors and countries.
“Collaboration is the soul of any innovation ecosystem. For innovators to thrive, there must be collaborations. The DWTC through the GITEX GLOBAL platform has for nearly 50 years now foster and encourage collaborations for different innovation ecosystems across countries, and helping to provide intra-nation partnerships and to do deals,” said Al Rais at a panel session on ‘Driving Growth and Unlocking Innovations Through Regulations for a Sustainable Digital Economy at the just ended Digital Nigeria conference and expo in Abuja organised by the NITDA.
Al Rais commended the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Prof Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami for the upward growth of Nigeria’s digital economy which he attributed to the right policies and initiatives by the country’s leadership.
According to Al Rais: “In the last three years, we believe Nigeria has initiated a lot of policy and legal frameworks to encourage cross border collaborations and engender investment including the new Nigeria startup law; the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) developed to provide the roadmap for Nigeria’s digital economy aspirations. It’s National Broadband Policy to build Nigeria’s e-readiness and prepare the way to expand access and bolster investment. The DWTC is here to support Nigeria’s drive for international collaborations through the NITDA and its parent ministry.”