AfDB, Microsoft partner NDEPS to develop national digital economy

ISA Ibrahim Pantami
ISA Ibrahim Pantami

By Benprince Ezeh

ISA Ibrahim Pantami, minister for communications and digital economy, has said that the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy, NDEPS, emphasized the importance of partnerships as a key requirement for the successful development of our national digital economy.

Pantami said that in accordance with the NDEPS,  Nigeria is delighted to partner with the African Development Bank, AfDB, and Microsoft, represented by Ebrima Faal, senior director, Nigeria Country Department, AfDB, and Ghada Khalifa, director for Middle East and Africa, Microsoft Philanthropies on this very important initiative.

He made this known at the inauguration of the digital Nigeria portal and mobile app in Abuja, on Monday, September 28. The minister said that the training content covers areas like digital skills, productivity tools, web development, cloud computing, blockchain, artificial intelligence, big data, database administration, networking, programming, and Internet of Things.  “There is also training on soft skills like entrepreneurship, research, marketing, business, and how to create excellently resumes.

“As such, a wide spectrum of users, from beginners to advanced students, can find appropriate courses. We will regularly update the platform to include more courses from time to time.  It will enable us to identify skilled Nigerians for additional capacity-building opportunities and allow us to easily conduct surveys to identify courses of interest,” Pantami said.

According to him, students will receive a certificate of completion after completing the courses. “The Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy is committed to developing the capacity of Nigerians to use technology to solve problems. We will keep updating the course offerings to reflect global trends. The step by step procedure for using the platforms will be available on our website and social media pages.

“Digital Nigeria programme will provide a platform to empower Nigerians to develop relevant skills and build innovative solutions to address challenges within our community, #DigitalNigeria,” the minister said.

– Sept. 29, 2020 @ 12:44 GMT /

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