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Nigeria Seeks Global Tech Giants' Support to Boost Start-Up Ecosystem

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Nigeria Seeks Global Tech Giants' Support to Boost Start-Up Ecosystem
Nigeria's National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has reached out to global tech giants, emphasizing the need for collaboration in developing a robust tech start-up ecosystem in the country. NITDA's Director General, Kashifu Inuwa, highlighted the importance of Africa's youthful population in driving innovation and talent in the digital economy. He also urged the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) to consider hosting GITEX Africa in Nigeria and expressed interest in learning from DWTC's expertise in organizing such events. The DWTC, in turn, expressed appreciation for Nigeria's ongoing support and offered to collaborate further by providing funding opportunities for Nigerian start-ups.

ABUJA - The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has sought the support of global tech giants to ensure that a formidable start-up ecosystem is developed in Nigeria.

The Director General of NITDA, Kashifu Inuwa, made this known when he received a delegation from the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) led by its Executive Vice President, Trixie Lohmirman, to the corporate headquarters of the agency in Abuja.

Inuwa explained that it was in line with achieving the mandate of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu's administration towards rejuvenating the country's tech start-up ecosystem with a million tech jobs.

Welcoming the visitors to Nigeria, the NITDA boss stated that collaboration was highly essential in creating a vibrant tech ecosystem globally.

He further noted that big techs in the world need the talents in Africa to survive and thrive.

"When you talk about innovation and talent in the digital economy, Africa is the next frontier in terms of our youthful population.

"Even the big techs are coming to Nigeria and Africa to open their engineering departments because they need talents to survive", he said.

While applauding the visitors for organising the yearly Gulf Information Technology Exhibition in Dubai, Inuwa emphatically called on the Dubai World Trade Centre to consider the hosting of GITEX Africa in Nigeria as was done in Marakech, Morocco in 2023.

"Apparently, we are moving towards having strong conferences in Nigeria and we also need your participation. You should also come to Nigeria", he added.

Laying more emphasis, he disclosed that the country would be organising two conferences in the year and he thinks it is an opportunity for the visitors to leverage their existing relationship and become core partners at the event.

Asides from the annual Digital Nigeria Conference being organised by NITDA in October, the Director General stated that the agency is partnering with the USA Consulate General to bring all the USA companies to Nigeria for a Pan-African conference, which is the Global Tech Africa in November, this year.

"The doors are still open to partner with us because we already have Business Sweden, the German government and other European countries on board for the Summit. So, you can also be a sponsor", he urged.

While expressing the agency's enthusiasm in understudying how GITEX was being organised, Inuwa said that "I think we can learn from you and explore how we can build this kind of conference in Africa.

"If we have it in Nigeria, it is not only for Nigerians but all of Africa".

In her earlier remarks, the Executive Vice President of the DWTC thanked NITDA for their usual support towards the GITEX, Dubai.

She stated that Nigeria's support has remained one of the reasons the conference has recorded tremendous success.

"On the back of your support and the global community, GITEX is now the largest tech show in the world", she stated.

Giving assurances of their support to Nigeria which she says has the biggest market for startups, Lohmirman sought further collaboration with the agency by providing access to funding for start-ups in the country.

"This is why we are here to meet up with you as a strategic stakeholder in the Nigerian digital transformation strategy and see how we can extend our collaboration all together to give bigger opportunities and visibility to Nigerians to increase exportation as well as foreign direct investments", she explained.

While addressing a team of start-ups at the National Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, she declared that "Nigeria possesses the secret army that will rule the world global tech ecosystem."

Stunned by the passion in the young people she met at the centre, the Executive Vice President of the DWTC commended the effort of the Centre and pushed for a start-up exchange programme between Nigeria and other countries, including UAE.

The meeting provided an opportunity for the start-ups to interact with the highest body that manages GITEX Global with a view of taking advantage of the opportunity provided by the world's largest tech expo.

The highly elated team from DWTC also called for more collaboration and partnership, especially in the area of Artificial Intelligence(AI), as the Centre is poised to make Nigeria the AI Centre of Africa.

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