Industry leaders and stakeholders of the ICT community gathered at the 2019 edition of e-Nigeria which took place from 28th to 29th November 2019 at the International Conference Center Abuja with the theme “Achieving a National Digital Economy”.
The conference, which is the 12th edition, is Nigeria’s annual Information Technology (IT) summit hosted by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).
Nigerian President, President Muhammadu Buhari at the opening ceremony of the conference directed all government offices and agencies to go digital in order to enhance efficiency and effectiveness in service delivery and promote more inter-agency synergy. He stated that the Digital Economy is globally expanding at a very fast pace and has transitioned from being a luxury to an absolute necessity. “It is in recognition of this fact that we decided to re-designate the Federal Ministry of Communications as the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy with a mandate to develop and implement a harmonised and well-coordinated digital economy policy and strategy for Nigeria”.
In attendance at the conference were the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami; Director-General, NITDA, Mr. Kashifu Abdullahi; Senator Oluremi Tinubu, Representative of Speakers, Honourable Lado and executives of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA).
Other discussions at the conference focused on the following sub-themes:
- Creating New Job Opportunities and Economic development through Technological Innovation
- Harnessing Indigenous Innovation and Creativity for Poverty Reduction in Nigeria
- Leveraging Disruptive Innovation for Achieving Good Health, National Security, Anti-corruption, and Sustainable Energy Systems
- Improving Indigenous Technological Innovation for Building Sustainable Cities and Communities
- Implications of Data Protection Regulation for Open Data, Big Data Analytics, and Smart Initiatives in Building a Productive National Economy.
NiRA and its Accredited Registrars exhibited and showcased the .ng domain name to dignitaries and participants at the conference