Nigeria Plans for ITU 2015

Tony Ojobo


THE federal government has setup a committee to put together plans for Nigeria’s participation in this year’s International Telecoms Union, ITU, forum scheduled to hold in Budapest, Hungary, from October 12 to 15. The committee is made up of officials of ministry of communications technology, Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, Galaxy Backbone, Nigerian Communications Satellite Ltd, NigComSat, Nigerian Postal Service, NIPOST, and Universal Service Provision Fund, USPF, among others.

Small and Medium Enterprises, SMEs, will form a major part of the delegation from Nigeria that will attend the ITU Telecom World 2015. Tony Ojobo, chairman, media and publicity sub-committee and director, public affairs, NCC, said in a statement that Nigeria wants to make a big statement in this year’s participation when a large number of SMEs would be on ground to dwell around the theme of this year’s event: “Innovation to Make Lives Better and Faster”.

He said Nigeria’s participation would build on the reality that regulatory robustness has led to a spiral growth in voice telephony and look beyond that by coming out with innovative products to improve the lives of the citizens.

ITU on its part, has listed five key reasons why countries, individuals, corporate organisations should participate in the Hungary event. Besides exceptional knowledge sharing and opportunities, ITU Telecom World 2015 will focus on accelerating innovation and growth of SMEs and innovative networking opportunities. Of particular interest is the role SMEs play in driving national economies.

Ojobo said one of the key concerns of the Hungarian government is to provide a balanced and predictable business environment where SMEs can easily find support or exploit business opportunities. This is what the country wants to share with participants in Budapest. He added that the Nigerian SME ecosystem would be guided by the experience they share through ITU Telecom World 2015.

“The event will focus on the crucial role of innovation and entrepreneurship in the fast growing ICT ecosystem, covering a broad-based international audience with specific outreach to SMEs and start-ups from across the world, as well as leading global Information and Communications Technology, ICT, players, policy makers, regulators, industry experts and investors.”

— Jul 20, 2015 @ 01:00 GMT


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