Nigeria takes SMEs, innovators, to ITU telecom conference

June 11th, 2018

By Angeleen Nkwocha

In a bid to boost Small, Medium-sized Enterprise (SMEs) Entrepreneurs, start-ups and innovators to boost economic growth, Nigeria is set to emphasize their participation in the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Telecom World which holds in Durban, South Africa from September 10-13.

The Local Organizing Committee (LOC) has published notice inviting Information and Communications Technology (ICT) practitioners and SMEs operating as e-Environment, Technology Hubs, Innovation Incubators, e-Education, e-Health, e-Commerce, e-Finance, Youth Empowerment and Employment to enlist for participation at ITU Telecom World 2018.

A statement from NCC’s Director of Public Affairs, Tony Ojobo, says the ITU Telecom World 2018 theme is “Innovation for Smarter Digital Development adding that the LOC said that for SMEs/Innovators to be selected, “their tech-enabled solution must be creative, innovative, and globally relevant. Such products/services must provide demonstrable impact or radical improvement in service delivery or processes to a specific area such as agriculture, education, health, governance, security” among others. Innovations must be unique, scalable and patented with a model to showcase adding that Nigeria is vying for administrative positions.

“ITU Telecom World 2018 is an election year and Nigeria is vying for two positions: ITU Administrative Council and Director, in charge of Bureau for Telecommunications Development (BDT) for which Mr. Williams Ijeh is a candidate.

“In April this year, Chief Regulator and Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta flagged off Nigeria’s campaign for the two positions, when he hosted a dinner for high profile ITU personalities including Secretary General, Mr. Houlin Zhao, officials of the global regulatory Agencies, Ministers, Regulators and global dignitaries in Geneva, Switzerland”.

Ojobo said Nigeria’s delegation will be led by Communications Minister, Adebayo Shittu, Chairman, NCC Board, Sen. Olabiyi Durojaiye, the EVC NCC, Prof. Danbatta, including stakeholders/players, operators, Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs), among others.

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