Nigeria gears up for ITU Telecom World 2018

Na'ankwat Dariem, Abuja


Nigeria is set to participate as a major stakeholder in the 2018 International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Telecom World holding in Durban, South Africa from September 10-13 showcasing its small and medium sized enterprises (SME’s) entrepeneurs as well as innovations.

This follows Nigeria’s excellent outing at the 2017 edition in Busan South korea where five of the country’s SMEs/Innovators made the final ITU Global listing for SMEs/Innovators awards; three of them on the honours list.

The theme for the 2018 edition is “Innovation for Smarter Digital Development.”

Earlier in the year, the Local organising committee had invited Information and Communications Technology (ICT) practitioners and SMEs operating as e-Environment, Technology Hubs, Innovation Incubators, e-Education, e-Health, e-Commerce, e-Finance, Youth Empowerment and Employment to enlist for participation at  the event.

”Their tech-enabled solution must be creative, innovative, and globally relevant. Such products/services must provide demonstrable impact or radical improvement in service delivery or processes to a specific area such as agriculture, education, health, governance, securityamong others. Innovations must be unique, scalable and patented with a model to showcase.,” the LOC said.

Nigeria’s Williams Ijeh is seeking election to the post of Administrative Council and Director, in charge of Bureau for Telecommunications Development.

It would be recalled that earlier this year, the Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta had flagged off Nigeria’s campaign when he hosted a dinner for ITU personalities including Secretary General, Mr. Houlin Zhao, officials of the global regulatory Agencies, Ministers, Regulators and global dignitaries in Geneva, Switzerland.

Nigeria’s delegation to the ITU World Telecom 2018 will be led by Communications Minister, Mr Adebayo Shittu.