Nigeria and India have decided to expand their already growing relationship to include sharing development ideas and strategies, events and technology knowledge, beginning with an ICT conference named the Indo-Africa summit, which kicked off in Lagos yesterday and is continuing today.
The event organised by the Telecom Equipment and Services Export Promotion Council (TEPC) in conjunction with the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) of India, is meant to help Nigeria learn the Indian pathway to ICT success, as well as offer the African continent a huge opportunity to learn and adopt new strategies for technology growth. The summit is specially designed to seek the input of the two countries in developing and advancing the African ICT ecosystem.
The event should bring together over 300 companies from India and Africa for the conference and attract over 2000 visitors for the exhibition. The event highlights strategies and learning that transcend the two most important present day industries having the potential of unlocking huge demand of ICT services across multiple domains.
Topics for the conference range from training to regulation in telecom sector, the convergence of IT and telecom, e-health, e-governance, e-education, e-finance, infrastructure, new technologies, standardisation, spectrum auction and optimisation, licensing, evolving needs of consumers, service providers, to mention a few.
Speakers at the event will include the newly appointed Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Communications, Alhaji Abdulaziz M. Abdullahi, the Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, Prof. Umar Danbatta, Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency, Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami and the Managing Directors of Galaxy Backbone, Mr. Yusuf Kazaure and Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited, Mrs. Abimbola Alale, as well as the Director-General of the National Identity Management Commission, NIMC, Engr. Aliyu Abubakar Aziz.