On behalf of Nigeria, the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has signed an event hosting agreement with the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) to host the 11th African Digital Switchover Forum holding May 11 – 13, 2016 in Abuja, Nigeria.
Signing the event hosting agreement in Abuja, Mr Emeka Mba, the Director General of NBC said the hosting of the event by Nigeria was very significant to the country’s digital switchover project and the development of the broadcast industry.
The NBC DG pledged the Commission’s total commitment to ensuring that Nigeria successfully hosts the Forum and participates fully at the event.
Mr Shola Taylor, the Secretary General of CTO who signed on behalf of the organisation, noted that Nigeria won the hosting rights among other African countries that indicated interest because the Nigerian broadcast industry regulator showed unrivalled interest.
Taylor also said that the CTO was commitment to Nigeria’s successful hosting of the event while assuring the Commission of CTO’s full support towards the success of the proposed event.
CTO said that the global event provides a unique and authoritative annual meeting point for policymakers and regulators to interact with broadcasters, content developers, broadcast network infrastructure providers and operators, equipment manufacturers and opinion leaders to discuss challenges, solutions and opportunities in the ever competitive and innovative broadcasting industry.
The event which has held 10 editions in the past decade has been a major contributor to the global effort to migrate analogue broadcasting systems to more spectrum-efficient digital platforms, with discussions focused on challenges faced by Commonwealth countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific.
Since its launch in South Africa in 2005, the event has been hosted predominantly by South Africa and in 2014 by Tanzania. Nigeria will be hosting it for the first time.
Present to witness the agreement signing were some top management staff of the Commission and other stakeholders.