PResident, Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem, has said,
Speaking at the monthly meeting of the Institute of Directors (IoD) in Lagos on “IT and Telecomms: Veritable tools for Economic Growth” Ekuwem, who was represented by his vice president, Mr. Bayo Banjo, noted that industrial development in Taiwan came in sustainable stages with every decade having a different but related focus, which began in 1950s with the development of the consumer goods industry.
He also said, this was followed in 1960s by the rapid growth of the light industry, which included the export and industrial zones respectively.
By 1970s, Dr. Ekuwem who also is the Group Chief Executive, Teledom International Group, pointed out that the Taiwanese commenced by developing the capital and technology, coupled with intensive industrialization processes rooted in research organizations.
Development of hi-tech industries in
For instance, he said,
According to him, the science park has the mission to upgrade
He further outlined the essentials in setting up science and technology parks to include encouraging innovations, supporting start-ups, spin-offs and small and medium enterprises schemes (SMEs), business incubators and eventually attracting what he called the ‘brain power’ home.
He explained that brain power involves those experts who have been trading their skills in advanced countries also known as brain grain, but accounts for brain drain for developing countries.
He emphasized that as at 2004, the
He, therefore, called for emulation of the
That way, he said,
Stressing that there is potentials for return on investment through building the park for sale or lease as well as through tenancy, even as equity participation in start up businesses like in SMEs, while offering avalanche of services across the ICT community, such as electricity, schools, recreation and social amenities, would all contribute to national development.“Telecommunications is a means and not an end,” he said.