e-Nigeria 2012 will hold from November 20 to 22, 2012 in Abuja. Organized annually by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Jidaw notes that e-Nigeria is the Nigerian government’s flagship annual International Conference on Information Technology (IT). Venue is Congress Hall, Transcorp Hilton, Abuja
NITDA organizes the conference to raise awareness at the highest level of government, private sector and civil society to build the knowledge society using emerging technologies to overcome developmental challenges and facilitate good governance, trade and sustainable and economic growth. The release sent to Jidaw states that the forum will feature “high level panel discussions, interactive workshops and vibrant exhibitions”.
Local Content in ICT Development in Nigeria
This year the e-Nigeria theme is “Local Content in ICT Development in Nigeria”. Jidaw is of the opinion that the theme has been chosen by NITDA because local content development has become a critical need for sustainable development. ICT activity has increased and infrastructure has become more widespread. However, local inputs into these developments are not significant. Local strengths are however needed if Nigeria is to build a strong ICT sector that will drive development and develop the knowledge economy in Nigeria.
Jidaw believes that the conference is a unique government driven opportunity to examine and develop effective policies and strategies to promote and facilitate local content in ICT development in Nigeria. The development of indigenous capacity in ICT needs to included in areas such as: software applications, hardware delivery and ICT enabled services.
At Jidaw we are of the opinion that the conference should not focus on local content development for the sake of local content development. The conference should however address local development in ICT challenges with a view to enhancing productivity, improving overall ICT contribution to development, raising the country’s level of global competitiveness and ensuring ICT becomes a platform for overall prosperity and inclusive growth.
Specifically the release lists e-Nigeria 2012 objectives:
- Examine appropriate strategies that would enhance Nigerian content in IT products and services
- Develop requisite framework for empowering indigenous IT entrepreneurs to contribute to Nigeria’s GDP
- Develop framework for providing critical empowerment through outsourcing and other digital opportunity windows.
- Examine the challenges/factors militating against IT local content development in the country.
- Develop strategies for leveraging on technology acquisition and Nigerian in Diaspora for developing the IT industry in the country.
Jidaw notes that it is not a strictly local affair because NITDA has made arrangements to incorporate international participation and expertise in addition to Nigeria’s indigenous professional expertise. IT equipment manufacturers and service providers have been invited to exhibit their products and services. It is actually an opportunity for providers to showcase local products and services.
Unique Knowledge Sharing and Networking
NITDA states that participation is expected from high level decision makers and influencers from the three tiers of government, private sector and the international community. e-Nigeria 2012 is expected to be a multistakeholder event which will include key stakeholders such as the Nigeria Computer Society. During the conference, Jidaw will be involved in the session on “Infrastructure and Human Capital Development for IT Local Content”.
Interested in the latest thinking in ICT development and policy in Nigeria? Jidaw suggest that you shouldn’t miss this important networking and knowledge sharing event.