Gitex has formally confirmed Nigeria has Country Partner for Year 2014 having fulfilled all financial obligations to become the key focus for the biggest technology show in the Middle East, Africa and South East Asia (MEASA).
“Our commitment is to promote Nigeria’s potential to the global community to explore both partnerships and new suites of investment in different areas of our technology sector,” said [blockquote right=”pull-right” cite=”Ashiru Daura, acting Director General of the Nigeria Informational Technology Development Agency (NITDA)”]This year, Nigeria hopes to further leverage on the global exposure presented by the GITEX to spotlight its local software industry and other sub IT sectors by occupying the centre of activities at the five-day event as GITEX Official Country Partner. [/blockquote]
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Gitex is the premier technology event in MEASA and occupies over 78,000 sqm of space, and records over 139,530 trade visitors from 144 countries, according to organisers.
More than 35,000 visitors came from Africa in the 2013 edition of GITEX where Nigeria premiered its presence by setting up a country pavilion that was promoted by the Nigerian Government through the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).
This year, Nigeria hopes to further leverage on the global exposure presented by the GITEX to spotlight its local software industry and other sub IT sectors by occupying the centre of activities at the five-day event as GITEX Official Country Partner.
In addition, show promises to attract partnerships and business ventures with the Nigerian technology start ups/ incubators, which the Ministry of Communications Technology (ComTech) is currently championing through the NITDA.
Africa’s most populated country of over 170 million could also win the interests of investors for its various in-country projects to increase its FDI and open up channels of dialogue between NITDA and other similar government bodies from Africa, Europe and the Middle East, NITDA said.
According to Daura, part of the new target of the Ministry of Communication Technology is to achieve a Digital Economy in 2015 for the country include broadband penetration (12%), ICT Contribution to GDP (5%), Internet penetration (34%), mobile penetration (80 per 100), Internet users (70 million), among others.
“We are happy to have Nigeria partnering with Gitex this year and believe this will impact positively on the Nigeria’s technology sector,” Bilal Al-Rais, Commercial Director of Gitex says.