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African smart innovation gospel, according to Nkem Begho

The Chief Executive Officer of  Future Software Resources Limited, Nkemdilim Begho, today, joined Heads of African State, delegations of 80 member countries, international organizations, government establishments, public corporations, private businesses, financial institutions, media, among others in South Korea, adding voice to the promotion of African smart innovation and entrepreneurship, reports ITRealms.
Speaking at the dual conferences in South Korea, tagged KOAFEC 2018 and the African Development Bank Meeting 2018, alongside other leading voices in Africa including Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Board Chair, Gavi, the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation, between 21st May, 2018 through 25th at the BEXCO, Busan.
Begho told ITRealms ahead of the meetings that as a strong promoter of software in Nigeria, that Africa has a lot of potential in embracing and leap-frogging smart infrastructure, as well as building strategic economic growth through innovation and entrepreneurship.
The KOAFEC 2018 panel discussion, according to her, would  focus on how smart infrastructure could contribute to Africa’s socio-economic transformation in the areas such as energy, transportation, agriculture, sustainable environment, health, education, e-government, ICT, etc. 
Some of the panelists, ITRealms gathered, include: Mr. Amadou Hott, Vice President, Power, Energy, Climate and Green Growth, African Development Bank,  Ms. Nkemdilim Begho, CEO,  Future Software Resources Ltd, Mr. John Tanui, Chief Executive Officer, Konza Technopolis Development Authority,  Mr. Sérgio Pimenta, Vice President for Africa & MENA, International Finance Corporation, Mr. Mark Hyung-Joon Kim, Executive Vice President, Korea Telecom and  Mr. Young-hoon Chang,Executive Director, EDCF Group, The Export-Import Bank of Korea.
As said by Mrs Begho, who is software guru and leading women in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Nigeria, her discussion would focus on how software and IT consultancy service providers like Future Software Resources Limited could be involved in the development of smart infrastructure in Africa.
ITRealms also gathered that some key talking points for her, include: IT Consultancy Services, Development of end user applications and interfaces, Driving Digital inclusion,  Inclusive Content creation and development in local languages,  
“Digital Marketing to engage with the citizens to drive adoption rates,  Capacity Development to increase skilled labour and ensure self-sustainability of the smart infrastructure, among others are key  touchpoints,” she said.
Further, she said, the second session panelists at the African Development Bank meeting would be dealing with how best to  promote innovation and entrepreneurship in Africa.
Underlining focus, she said, would be the current status of startups in Africa and the future plans for expanding innovation and entrepreneurship on the continent. 
Begho who has represented Nigeria in other global forums to tell the story of how best Nigeria could be retool, said that the key objective on the second panel would contribute to innovation that raises productivity and growth, leading to job creation and poverty reduction in developing countries.
Equally, she said, the discussion, would  focus on  the need for the 4th Industrial Revolution and Entrepreneurship, role of Public - Private sector to activate innovation and entrepreneurship,  International Cooperation to expand join ventures, exchange of Technology and Human Resources of companies in Africa, current status of startups in Africa and action plan, strategies for Startups and Scale-ups,  role of young African Entrepreneurs and  ways  of shared growth and sustainability between Africa and Asia 
Notable panelists at this session, she said, would include Connyong Jennifer Moon, Chief Anchor, Arirang TV Network, Patrick Vermeulen, Professor and Academic Director, Radboud University, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Board Chair, Gavi, Hanan Morsy and Director, Macroeconomic Forecasting and Research, AfDB.

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