THE Dubai World Trade Centre has concluded plans to encourage foreign investment from around the world into the Nigeria’s Information Technology industry.Director in charge of Exhibitions and Events Management, Dubai World Trade Centre, Bilal Al-Rais disclosed this while briefing the Acting Director General of the National Information Development Agency (NITDA) Dr. Ashiru Sani Daura on the 2014 GITEX Technology Week billed for October 12th -16th, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
He observed that the Dubai World Trade Centre intends to put Nigeria on the map of technology development while encouraging investors to introduce incubation programme in Nigeria.
Al-Rais observed that the Trade Centre would identify software and incubating companies from Nigeria in order to showcase them to the outside world during the GITEX Technology Week adding that the centre has opportunities for about 20 Nigerian companies at the show.
“We want to help Nigerian companies export themselves outside the world. Our main objective is to encourage Nigerian companies do more business and for the outside world to know what is happening in Nigeria in terms of software development. We want to have more collaborative effort with the Nigerian government/ NITDA to bring together businessmen from Nigeria to do more in the Middle East and Africa through Gitex Technology. We had over 24,000 visitors from Africa last year and we are looking forward to increasing that figure to bring in more buyers from sub Saharan Africa into Gitex.”
According to him, the event would also provide opportunity to find out the most innovative student coming out from the Nigerian universities under the Student Lab competition in partnership with Google and sponsored by the Ministry of Presidential Affairs of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The initiative is to identify the most individual student project across Middle East, Africa, Asia and India, to find out whether there is any great project coming out from innovation point of view from Post Graduate students and Graduate students in technology development.”
He explained that GITEX Technology Week was one of the longest lasting events in the Middle East, Africa and South East Asia and has more than 4000 participating companies.
Responding, the Acting DG of NITDA said that revenue Nigeria could get from technology was far more than what we got from oil adding that investors all over the world were focusing in Africa and Nigeria need to tap into this opportunity considering the fact that Nigeria has a huge market in Africa and greatest return on investment.
Represented by a Director at the agency, Dr. Vincent Olatunji, the DG noted that NITDA would partner with Gitex for Nigeria to participate in Gitex 2014 adding that Nigeria would make a bold representation at the Gitex 2014, and would showcase young innovators to the world in order to make a bold statement.
“A lot is going on in Nigeria in the areas of software and hardware development and services, we need to showcase to the international community what is coming out from Nigeria,” he added.
Source: The Guardian http://www.ngrguardiannews.com