India Continues its Commitment for the Development of ICT Sector in Africa with the 4th Edition of the Indo-Africa ICT Expo 2018 in Lagos, Nigeria
Delhi & Lagos, 10-04-2018:
Government has expressed its readiness to boost local content in the Information Communication Technology (ICT) sector in order to make it compete favorably in the global market.
In driving the Nigerian ICT Local Content further and as part of the objectives of the Ministry of Communications in ensuring partnerships with foreign countries on the Executive Orders 003 and 005 domestication, Telecom Equipment and Services Export Promotion Council, National Association of Software and Services Companies of India are partnering with the Ministry to host Indo-Africa ICT Expo 2018 in Lagos, Nigeria.
Africa is among the fastest growing markets worldwide, improving macroeconomic indicators, conducive business environment, larger, younger and more affluent population, rising middle class – all are strong indicators of not only a source of capital but also of job creation, skills development, technology transfer, infrastructure development, responsible governance and most of all – sustained growth that eventually will lead to transformation of African economies!”
India and Africa are set to forge closer cooperation in a determined effort to accelerate growth in Information and Communications Technology with a view to boost economies through greater penetration and use of advanced technologies and services. To emphasize the relationship and commitment between India and African countries, Government of India has proposed to host the 3rd edition of Indo-Africa ICT Expo 2018 in conjunction with IT and Telecom Summit, on 22-23 May 2018 at the Eko Hotels and Convention Centre in Lagos, Nigeria.
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. Indo-Africa ICT Expo 2018 is a platform to build synergy among India & African Countries to showcase innovative & diversified Products & Services and to bring together thought- leaders across the entire ICT value chain to discuss solutions to regulatory and business. As digitalization and mobility continue to transform business operations and everyday life, Indo-Africa ICT Expo 2018 presents the latest technologies that help companies in Africa to evolve and maintain a competitive edge in the Communications and digital world.
This is the pivotal focus of a two-day international conference and exhibition, under the auspices of Indo-Africa relations, being 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. TEPC is working in conjunction with the National Association of Software and Service Companies, (NASSCOM), which is the premier trade body and the chamber of commerce of the IT-BPM industries in India. NASSCOM is a global trade body with more than 1800+ members, which include both Indian and multinational companies that have a presence in India.
The organisers have also partnered with industry associations in Nigeria, including the Information Technology Association of Nigeria (ITAN), Association of Licensed Telecom Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), Association of Telecom Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON), Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) as well as the Computer and Allied Products Dealers Association of Nigeria (CAPDAN) to make the event a full industry-focused programme.
The Expo will among others take a critical look at one world, one platform: technologies that transform. It is also expected to proffer practical steps and solutions that will assist the relevant MDA’s in formulating a robust roadmap towards a workable partnership in fostering Local ICT content among some of our development partners. It will offer huge business opportunities for our local entrepreneurs and start-ups to pitch their solutions and products to over 50 Indian companies who are all expected to attend the expo.
Hon. Minister of Communications, India, Mr. Manoj Sinha will be leading the Indian delegation of the ICT industry. Hon. Minister of Communications of Nigeria, Barrister Abdur-Raheem Adebayo Shittu has kindly consented to attend with large presence of Nigerian ICT industry. Hon. Minister of Communications Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful and Deputy Minister of Communications Mr. Vincent Sowah Odotei from Ghana have also accepted the invitation to attend the event. In addition to industry interactions, these countries will have bilateral meetings with India for expanding cooperation in ICT sector.
This event will present us with a unique opportunity to tell our story to the Indian investors in order to share experience and receive useful feedback from them. It will also enable our local start-ups to pitch and partner with some Indian companies.
The Ministry will use the event to promote our local manpower of the ICT sector as well as develop our indigenous IT industry in our quest to diversify our economy for sustainable national development and the growth of IT market.
We believe with partnership and collaboration, this can be achieved significantly with the Executive Orders and the reviewed Ease of Doing Business in Nigeria.
A key highlight of event will be an ICT Ministers’ Roundtable Meeting scheduled for May 21 2018, on the guiding theme ‘Digital Vision of the Developing Nations,” a platform for ministers to present and share the ICT visions of their countries over the next five years, thereby showcasing partnership opportunities that such vision would bring to the industry at large for the two regions.
ITAN President, Mr. Tayo Adeniyi, ALTON Chairman, Engr. Gbenga Adebayo, ATCON President, Engr. Olusola Teniola, among others, have been listed to speak at the event, while more are to be confirmed as the days go by.
Indo – Africa ICT Expo 2018 will be a platform for convergence of technology and business exchange. The event should bring together over 300 companies/ delegates from India and Africa for the conference and attract over 3000 visitors for the exhibition. This mega event should be marked on calendar as ‘a must attend’ for Telecom and IT Stakeholders as it encapsulates strategies and learning that transcend the two most important present day industries having potential of unlocking huge demand of ICT services across multiple domains. It’s the place to network, meet and shape the future!
Telecom Equipment and Services Export Promotion Council, the event Organiser, has been set up by the Government of India to promote and support export of Telecom Equipment and Services. TEPC as a Council plays a critical role in furtherance of Telecom export from India and assist Indian member companies in easy facilitation of their respective exports. The Council caters to the complete Telecom Ecosystem including complete range of Telecom Hardware Manufacturing/ Telecom Service Provision/ Telecom Software & Applications/ Telecom Training & Consultancy/ Telecom Infrastructure covering all type of Networks as could be applicable in any country.
TEPC recognizes the strengths of building a design-led manufacturing ecosystem for telecom products and the Government is committed to further support in the creation of domestic products and enable manufacturing with high domestic value-addition. India is poised for another digital revolution given the massive thrust on “Make in India” initiative & launch of “Digital India”, which creates a large opportunity for ICT sector.
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Oluwakemi Ann-Melody Areola
SA (New Media) to Honourable Minister of Communications