Govt tells Taiwanese tech investors to ‘manufacture in Nigeria’
Nigeria has asked Taiwanese companies exploring stakes in the technology market to consider locating their manufacturing plants in the country.[blockquote right=”pull-right” cite=”Peter Jack, Director-General of NITDA”]The NITDA D-G added that the Ministry is already working to ensure creation of over one million jobs and hopes that about 600,000 entrepreneurs are to be created through the establishment of 200 telecentres nationwide. [/blockquote]
A growing number of companies from Asian nations including China and Taiwan are now looking into Nigeria where the mobile telephony explosion is opening markets for mobile phones, tablets computers and other tech products, peripherals and accessories.
Peter Jack, the Director-General of National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), who tabled the government’s option, said that Asian companies that “are transacting ICT business in the country to consider establishing manufacturing plant in the country to reduce the scourge of unemployment.”
The chief of Nigeria’s IT policy implementing agency said that the country intends to use ICT to inform, engage and empower the citizens through multi stakeholders approach and strategic partnership with countries who are ready to explore the ICT potentials in Nigeria.
Jack said this at when Information and Technology association of Nigeria (ITAN) hosted him recently in Lagos at an event that also had some technology experts and investors from China, Taiwan and Hong Kong.
He also informed the Asian delegates that NITDA would engage local developers and hardware experts on creating contents that are indigenous and marketable in the country.
According to him, the Nigerian ICT sector has moved away from the Public Private Partnership to multi-stakeholders approach that helps to deepen the benefit of ICT in economic development.
He also said that ICT should be seen as enabler which should be given priority while he also called on sister agencies in the Ministry of Communication Technology “for a common synergy and to work together to move the industry forward in order surpass the oil and gas industry.”
The NITDA D-G added that the Ministry is already working to make sure creation of over one million jobs and hopes that about 600,000 entrepreneurs are to be created through the establishment of 200 telecentres nationwide.
In her welcome remarks at the event, Florence Seriki, President of ITAN, raised concern over the increasing lack of patronage of indigenous technology products and services wares in Nigeria.
Seriki, who is also CEO of Omatek Venture called for government interventions in raising fund for the sector because according to her, banks still give loan at 18 to 20 per cent.
‘Local entrepreneur need government support which should not be undermined by any bureaucracy’, she adds noting that ITAN that government policies should as much as possible encourage local content development.