India Partners With Nigeria To Accelerate ICT Growth

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In collaboration with the federal government of Nigeria, the government of India will be forging a closer cooperation in a determined effort to accelerate growth in Information and Communications Technology (ICT), with a view to boosting both countries’ economies through greater penetration and use of advanced technologies and services.

The collaboration between Nigeria and India will see a two-day international conference and exhibition, under the auspices of Indo-Africa relations, scheduled to hold on September 6th and 7th at the Eko Hotel, Lagos.

The conference is being organised by the Telecom Equipment and Services Export Promotion Council (TEPC), an organisation set up by the government of India to promote and support export of telecom equipment and services.

The Indian Minister of State for Communications, Manoj Sinha, had since communicated to his Nigerian counterpart, Abdul-Raheem Adebayo Shittu, on the new partnership between both countries.

According to Sinha, “India has emerged as one of the prominent trade partners for Africa, and both regions have shown complementarities for business to expand and grow.”

“IT and Telecom form the backbone for the growth of any country and Africa has been one of the fastest growing markets worldwide in ICT adoption and communication technology,” Sinha said.

To emphasise “the relationship and commitment between India and African countries, Government of India has proposed to host the 3rd edition of Indo-Africa ICT Expo 2017 in conjunction with IT and Telecom Summit,” hence the need for collaboration of both countries’ ministries in charge of communications.

The conference is expected to bring together over 100 ICT companies from India and many more from ICT sector from Africa and attract over 2000 visitors.

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