Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, Director-General of National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) says Nigeria has potentials to turn things around positively for the global Information Technology (IT) space.
The chief of Nigeria’s IT implementing agency said this while interacting with Nigerian start-ups at Gulf Information and Technology Exhibition (GITEX) 2016 held in Dubai World Trade Centre at the United Arab Emirate.
Pantami who acknowledged Nigeria’s potential, said the country has the human capacity to drive the momentum that could impact significantly in the Nigerian economy and the rest of the continent, while urging the start-ups to remain focused as they strive for global recognition.
The agency noted that it sponsored 16 Nigeria start-ups to participate at GITEX 2016 exhibitions that included Genii Games, ArtNigeria, Astrosand, ChowHub,Jara Mobile, Logical Address and Phinnx. Others are CloudBurst, Diylaw, GoMyWay, Mobidoc, Pinfoot, Rotors & Pilots, Transforia, Wecyclers Nigeria Limited and Zobreus.
According to NITDA, Nigeria’s participation at GITEX 2016, which is the country’s fourth participation, was hinged on promoting investments in the technology sector through the African Investment Forum (AIF). The Nigeria Pavilion also featured eight companies including SystemSpecs Ltd, PFS Ltd, Sidmach Ltd, NipEx, Simplex Business Solutions, Nigcomsat Ltd, Nigerian Communication Commission and the Start-up Hub.
GITEX, the largest annual Information Communication Technology trade show, exhibition and conferences, which focuses on showcasing the latest innovative technologies and also providing high return on investment on business opportunities, attracts over 150,000 technology professionals, Investors and Enterprise Leaders, Public Sector Officials, Tech Innovators and Entrepreneurs from over 140 countries.
This year’s edition hosted about 4,000 exhibiting companies and 64 participating countries in conference sessions; 230 global thought leaders delivered insights across 65 sessions and 130 conference hours. The five-day show comprised of an exhibition covering over 110,000 sqm, the GITEX Start-up Movement, among others.