The Indo Africa ICT expo been held at Eko hotels Lagos has brought the Indian tech firms numbering about 40 tech firms exhibiting. Also the expo has demonstrated the high level of collaborations between India and Nigeria particularly in the field of ICT. With the opening up of the ICT ecosystem in the country and creation of enabling environment for investors to thrive,the minister of Communications , Adebayo Shittu used the opportunity to encourage the exhibitors to set up shop in the country.
The Minister used the opportunity to praise the Nigeria export promotion council for job well done . There is no doubt that over the last two years that the high commissioner of India and ministry of ICT has over the years developed a cordial relationship. The Minister said.
Themed “One world one platform” the expo buttressed that Africa and India belong to one world and platform and must deploy technologies to the development of the economies through collaborations and this has been identified as pillars to to the acceralator developments in these countries .
With the fourth industrial revolution here with us, the Nigerian Government has deployed the ICT road map for the development of the country and with such plan on the ground, the current administration has successfully commercialised the ICT sector such as NIPOST and other agencies.
The NIPOST banking , the NIPOST property , NIPOST transport and logistics , NIPOST e commerce company and the NIPOST e service company are the companies that have come out of the old NIPOST . The minister encouraged investors in these areas of the NIPOST .
The expo has the potentials to offer huge opportunities to Indian companies and also Nigerian startups that would be pitching in this expo.
“With the comparative advantages of India in the technological market, we believe that Nigerians would tap into the skills and we want them to prioritize the establishment of their industries in Nigeria ” the minister added.
The Minister brought respite to the foreign investors by offering an enabling business environment to thrive . The minister invited the Indian firms to open up shops in Nigeria.
For those that are prepared to have their company established in Nigeria, the Minister promised to give the Indian companies free lands at the Abuja …This is a way to ensure that ICT strategic roadmap and the national broadband plans are met.
Broadband penetration has been at twenty two percent as of this year and the government is looking at thirty percent penetration before the end of this year. The minister encouraged the Indian firms to look into this area of Communications infrastructure.
The Indo Africa Expo apart from Indian firms has also some Indigenous ICT did like Fintrak , Inlaks Computers , Access Solutions and other public sector participants like Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) and Ministry of Communications all in their various exhibition stands