by OKORO CHINEDU
LAGOS, (CAJ News) – PREPARATIONS for the upcoming Information and Communications Technology Investment Forum have received a boost after two leading companies confirmed their sponsorship of the summit.
MTN, the country’s biggest mobile network operator, and Samsung Electronic West Africa will sponsor the event scheduled for August 28 in Lagos.
Other sponsors include Galaxy Backbone, whose officials are set to speak about e-Government strategy.
According to the Nigeria Information and Communications Technology Reporters’ Association (NITRA) President, Emma Okonji, the quarterly technology seminar is sought to highlight ICT investment opportunities in the country.
ICT industry experts are expected to attend the forum to be held under the theme, “Foreign Direct Investment: An impetus to achieving ubiquitous broadband penetration.”
Okonji said ICT alone generated about $32 billion of both local and Foreign Direct Investment while pointing out that a $10 billion was required in the next five years to boost the establishment of the country’s next generation broadband network.
“So, the theme of the event has been more apt and timely, as the forum is coming after Nigeria just ushered in a new government,” he said.
“A new chief telecoms regulator, that needs to have a first-hand opportunity to know what the industry feels about investment drive to further grow the industry.”
NITRA believes that a forum such as this would ensure stakeholders contribute to the development of the ICT industry and create a meeting point for both private and public sector stakeholders and experts to dialogue.
– CAJ News