EMC engages Nigerian government on using ICT for national and regional development

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EMC’s footprint in Nigeria received a boost recently, drawing capacity crowds during its sessions at the Innovation Africa Digital Summit (IAD) in Abuja, as well as praise and a promise of collaboration from the Nigerian Minister in charge of ICT, Mr Barrister Adebayo Shittu.

The IAD Summit 2016 brought together leaders from the private sector, government, financial institutions, retailers and other sectors, to deliberate on ways to take full  advantage of the current wave of investments in ICT connectivity and innovation in Nigeria and the continent at large. EMC co-sponsored the event.

EMC was given a 10-minute speaking slot during the opening session. We were privileged to have the acting CEO of MTN, Mr Phuthuma Nhleko in the room, as well as a representative of the President, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF).

Our message was well received, with both Minister Shittu and the SGF requesting a follow-up meeting. The dignitaries agreed to meet again to discuss specific initiatives and how EMC can be involved in supporting Africa’s growth and development

EMC’s second session at the summit was equally well received, with the organisers having to extend the space for extra delegates who wanted to attend.

Once again the SGF, Minister Shitte and the CEO of MTN attended the session alongside other senior officials and industry leaders. Minister Shitte later tweeted that he had been impressed with EMC’s presentation on Enterprise Efficiency.

Our core message to delegates were that customer-facing service providers must assess how ICT innovations can support their engagement strategies, operational efficiencies, quality of service improvements and support national and regional development objectives.

Delegates also heard that Africa’s iGDP could account for as much as 10% of total GDP by 2025. Furthermore, if the internet achieves the same kind of scale and impact as the spread of mobile phones, iGDP could account for as much as $300 billion of total GDP while producing a leap forward in economic and social development (McKinsey).

EMC is proud to be associated with a summit of the calibre of IAD 2016, as it successfully created a space where government agencies and departments, MNOs, Telcos, ISPs, Financial Institutions, Retailers and other stake holders could rub shoulders.

The various keynote presentations, panel discussions, workshops, advisory clinics, private business meetings and high-level networking opportunities allowed attendees to tailor their experience to reflect their most pressing demands and objectives.

The inclusion of CXOs from telecoms service providers, Heads of Regulatory Authorities, Ministers of ICT and High-Throughput Users from across Africa together with a select number of solution providers bodes well for the future support of key business requirements towards the integration and development of the region.

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