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GITEX 2019: Pushing Nigeria’s indigenous technology to global arena


Nigeria’s participation at the 39th Gulf Information Technology Exhibition (GITEX), held in Dubai showed the seriousness of the country to showcase its indigenous technology.

The 2019 GITEX, attracted over 200,000 trade visitors, investors, technology experts, multi-national companies and other interests groups from over 145 countries.

The 2019 GITEX Technology Week, that took place from Oct.6 to Oct. 10, provided platform for participants to share evolving ICT trends.

It brought together arrays of innovative, exciting and ambitious tech start-ups that displayed their world-changing ideas to an audience of hand-picked international investors.

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), that has the mandate to regulate the country’s IT sector spearheaded Nigeria’s participation at the GITEX.

Dr Isa Pantami, the Minister of Communications, who led the Nigerian delegation, said Nigeria was at the event to showcase the country’s potential as well as network.

“Our mission is to showcase talents, potential, network with other innovators, learn from them and  showcase our local content, solicit for investors to our innovations, look out for technology transfer, because you cannot undermine the capacity of those you wish to learn from,’’ Pantami said.

He also launched NITDA’s indigenous `Unity Board,’ an education technology hardware platform for teaching emerging technologies.

Being Pantami’s initiative while he was Director-General of NITDA, he said the construction of the board took three years, and was co-authored by Dr Agu Collins, the Director, Corporate Planning and Strategy Department of NITDA

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