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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

ATCON opens registration for national dialogue on telecoms - ITREALMS

The Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) has opened registration for the national dialogue on telecommunications and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector in Nigeria, reports ITREALMS.

ATCON president, Mr Olusola Teniola told ITREALMS that registration is now open for the one-day event with a well-researched theme "Harnessing the Digital Resources for the building of our National Economy" slated for Thursday, March 26, 2020 at NAF Conference Centre and Suites, Abuja.

Teniola was also quoted in a press statement available to 
ITREALMS by the Executive Secretaary of ATCON, Mr. Ajibola Olude as disclosing that Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, Honourable Minister, Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, is expected to deliver a keynote address.

Also, he said that some of topics to be focused on during panel discussions include "Digital Economy in Nigeria: Challenges and Opportunities; Private Public Partnership and Development of Mechanism for the seamless Management of Inter-Ministries and Agencies: an imperative for Broadband Infrastructure Development in Nigeria; National Funding and Investment Strategy for Broadband Infrastructure and Digital Economy: The Importance of Education and Awareness; Regulation on Emerging Technologies (AI, IoT, Robotics, Blockchain, etc): Leveraging on Nigerian Young Population’s Innovation and Creativity for National Development."

In addition, he said that the strategic objectives for the dialogue comprised to channel collaborative efforts toward Nigerian Digital Economy with the sole aim of accelerating our economy’s performance in relation to other leading African countries; To serve as a forum to discuss the recently launched documents on Digital Economy and take stakeholders input for implementation; To optimally Xray the factors that have worked for and against the telecom and ICT sector in Nigeria; and to discuss regulations and policies around AI, IoT and Blockchain.

Further, 
ITREALMS gathered that the growth across all the sectors of Nigeria’s economy is expected to be exponential as a result of the resolve by the Federal Government of Nigeria under the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy to drive the entire economy through digital resources.

"This strategic dialogue plans to bring together the Presidency, National Assembly, relevant Federal Ministries, State Governors, ICT State Commissioners, Telecom and ICT Operating Companies, World Bank and other international relevant agencies," he said.

Pointing out that one of the overriding deliverables of this national dialogue on telecoms and ICT sector is that the adoption of digital resources by all aforementioned sectors would lead to development which would eventually make Nigeria to join the league of the top 20 global economies.

Chuks Egbune/DoP

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