Nigeria has picked VoguePay, the online payment service and FarmCrowdy, the digital agriculture service among six SMEs using technology in service delivery to represent the country at ITU Telecom World 2018 starting tomorrow in Durban, South Africa.
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), which is promoting a country delegation to ITU Telecoms World 2018, announced the six successful SMEs selected to showcase their innovations at the global telecoms event holding September 10-13 and organised by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the UN specialized agency that oversees the global telecoms industry.
Tony Ojobo, Director, Public Affairs, NCC had in June this year announced that Nigeria’s delegation to the show hopes to emphasise the participation of SMEs at ITU Telecom World 2018.
According to NCC, the Nigerian telecoms regulator, the six SMEs representing Nigeria at ITU Telecom World 2018 include:
Dropque, an online services that uses technology to cut recruitment time by 50%. Dropque found a service niche in addressing the pressing issues of scheduling and conducting face-to-face meetings, which it identified as “the number one reason for delays in most hiring”;
Farmcrowdy is Nigeria’s first Digital Agriculture Platform focused on giving people the opportunity to invest in agriculture by connecting farm sponsors with real farmers;
PrepClassNG connects tutors and learners to meet at a desired location for physical exchange of knowledge;
VoguePay, a user-friendly online payment platform that allows users to send and receive payment easily from anyone, in any currency. VoguePay users can accept payment through card transaction, bank transfers, USSD and bitcoin;
Wesabi is an online platform that enables users to find affordable, trained and thoroughly-vetted workers for both domestic and commercial needs;
ZenAfri, creator of brilliant fun apps and games for kids that showcase Africa’s unique culture and tells the continent’s stories. ZenAfri’s fun educational Apps for African Kids and Adults have recorded 120000 downloads and 2500 daily active users;
Tony Ojobo, Director, Public Affairs, NCC had in June this year announced that Nigeria’s delegation to the show hopes to emphasise the participation of SMEs at ITU Telecoms World 2018.
According to him, “conscious of the reality that Small, Medium-sized Enterprise (SMEs) Entrepreneurs and start-ups are critical drivers for economic growth, Nigeria will this year emphasise their participation” alongside innovators and their innovations.
He said then that while planning for the global telecoms event, “the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) published notices in the media recently, inviting Information and Communications Technology (ICT) practitioners and SMEs operating as e-Environment, Technology Hubs, Innovation Incubators, e-Education, e-Health, e-Commerce, e-Finance, Youth Empowerment and Employment to enlist for participation at ITU Telecom World 2018.”
For SMEs or innovators to be selected, “their tech-enabled solution must be creative, innovative, and globally relevant. Such products/services must provide demonstrable impact or radical improvement in service delivery or processes to a specific area such as agriculture, education, health, governance, security” among others. Innovations must be unique, scalable and patented with a model to showcase.”
Ojobo also says that ITU Telecom World 2018 is an election year and Nigeria is vying for two positions: ITU Administrative Council and Director, in charge of Bureau for Telecommunications Development (BDT) for which Mr. Williams Ijeh is a candidate.
According to him, in April this year, Professor Umar Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of NCC flagged off Nigeria’s campaign for the two positions, when he hosted a dinner for high profile ITU personalities including Secretary General, Mr. Houlin Zhao, officials of the global regulatory Agencies, Ministers, Regulators and global dignitaries in Geneva, Switzerland.
Nigeria’s delegation will be led by Communications Minister, Chief Abdulraheem Adebayo Shittu, Chairman, NCC Board, Senator Olabiyi Durojaiye, the EVC NCC, Prof. Danbatta, including stakeholders/players, operators, Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs), among others, NCC says.