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Policy Makers To Brainstorm In Abuja On Future Of Digital Economy In W/Africa

Policy makers and stakeholders in the digital economy ecosystem in the West African sub-region are set to brainstorm in Abuja, Nigeria, from January 31 to February 1st on the future of digital economy and intensify regional public private partnerships for the region.

The Digital Economy Regional Conference, according to a statement today, January 23, by the Director of Public Affairs of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Reuben Muoka, is being hosted by the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria, in collaboration with the World Bank.

He said that the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Professor Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, will deliver the keynote address at the event and will be joined by his Federal Capital Territory (FCT) counterpart, Muhammad Musa Bello, to welcome top government officials from the sub-region.

Muoka said that the Conference, with the theme: “Positioning West Africa’s Digital Economy for the Future,” will provide a platform for countries in the region to discuss issues that will strengthen the digital economies in West Africa and by extension the continent.

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He quoted the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy as having said that the conference will also create an avenue for peer review to accelerate digital transformation and increase collaboration to secure partnerships within the region to strengthen the innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem while intensifying regional public-private partnerships for digital economy funding, research, and development.

Muoka said that the gathering will also provide an opportunity to showcase the progress made in the development of digital economy in the West African sub-region, identify winning strategies, discuss challenges, and prepare for the future in addition to creating awareness of the region’s needs in the areas of policies and framework for the digital economy and attracting private sponsors for digital transformation in the region.


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