The Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) has said its National Dialogue on telecommunications and ICT is now set to hold October 15, 2020. The event, which is geared towards enhancing economic growth with technology is to take place at the NAF Conference Centre Abuja.
With the theme: “Harnessing Digital Resources for National Economy”, ATCON in a statement signed by its President, Mr Olusola Teniola, said thought leaders in the sector are expected to come up with brilliant ideas on what the public and private sector must do to maximise the benefits inherent in the digital economy to reverse recent fall in Nigeria’s GDP.
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami is expected to lead delegates and other government agencies to the event. ATCON said important personalities such as the Executive Governor of Plateau State, Dr Simon Bako Lalong; Prof Umar Garba Danbatta, EVC/CEO, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC); Mr Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, Director-General/CEO, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), among several others have been confirmed for the event.
“This National Dialogue on Telecoms and ICT is targeted at changing the structure of the country’s development through the maximum utilization of digital resources such that Federal Government, State Government and other key stakeholders in the Agriculture, Education, Oil & Gas, Health, Industry, Trade and Investment, Security and Defence Sector would leverage on the outcome of this event to improve their contributions to the nation’s GDP.
“The supply side which is comprised of Telecom and ICT Companies and the demand side which is made up of all the Ministries, States, Local Governments, Nigerians and Non-Nigerians are expected to have a higher level of productivity on the condition that they adopt and leverage on the opportunities presented by the digital economy to improve their output. This strategic dialogue plans to bring together the Presidency, National Assembly, relevant Federal Ministries, State Governors, ICT State Commissioners, Telecom and ICT Operating Companies, World Bank, and other international relevant agencies,” ATCON said.