Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA)

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The Connect Nigeria Business Fair 2020 held virtually with streaming from Lagos, Nigeria.

Several business owners, start-ups, and individuals across various sectors of the economy on Thursday, 27th and Friday, 28th August 2020, connected online to participate in the 8th Edition of the Fair which is popularly tagged as CNBIZFAIR. CNBIZFAIR is an annual business fair held in Lagos, Nigeria, where Small, Medium and Large businesses exhibit their goods and services while participating in conference sessions. The two-day business fair has featured sessions on leading-edge topics from Captains of Industry, Master-classes by Subject Matter Experts as well as hosted networking platforms for sharing, learning, and making valuable connections. It has empowered businesses all over Nigeria to grow and develop.

The virtual edition of the Business Fair tagged ‘’2020 Vision’’ attracted various business owners, professionals, entrepreneurs, and important organizations including the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA), Whogohost, The Business Platform, and others. Distinguished individuals such as Mr. Mohammed Rudman, President of NiRA; Toki Mabogunje, President of Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Henrietta Onwuegbuzie of Lagos Business School; Tunde Coker of Rack Centre; Fela Durotoye of Gemstone Consulting; Ubong King of Protection Plus, were all present.

Mr. Mohammed Rudman provided clarity on ‘’The business environment, future of small business in Nigeria and what to do during the global pandemic period’’. He said that businesses have opportunities to thrive by focusing on what is critical and leveraging technology. He added that It is also important during this time, to identify the critical needs of the customer and for businesses to be placed where their customers can find them. He mentioned that NiRA, the manager of the .ng domain name registry is willing to collaborate with companies to ensure that businesses have an online identity. Mr. Rudman further noted that SMEs should have a continuity plan in order to mitigate the effects of the pandemic and prepare for eventualities so as not to be unexpectedly impacted. Mr. Rudman reiterated that the future is bright for online businesses, particularly with the licensing of fibre infrastructure across Nigeria by the Nigerian National Broadband Plan.

At the end of this year’s event, Mr. Emeka Okafor, Managing Director, Connect Nigeria Business Fair gave the closing remarks and a vote of thanks to all the speakers and participants. It was indeed a rewarding experience!!!