NITDA urges e-Commerce Companies to leverage on digital economy policy

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The Director General, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, has  urged e-Commerce companies in Nigeria to key into the  Federal Government National Digital Economy Policy.

Inuwa made the call while receiving the Chairperson of Jumia Group, Ms Juliet Anammah in Abuja.

The DG said it is time for  e-Commerce companies in Nigeria to come together and form a strong and viable entity that can work with government so as to achieve the dream of digitising Nigeria’s business activities.

He said that there is an increase of Nigerians who do online businesses, especially Small and Medium Enterprise (SMEs), through numerous platforms, where potential buyers are connecting with sellers.

Inuwa said, “Many Nigerian’s are engaged in e-commerce via Small and Medium Enterprise SME to sell their goods and services which has tremendously increased Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

The DG further noted that, Federal Government  is  creating an enabling environment  for “Ease of Doing Business” for private sectors and continue building capacity on digital literacy for consumers and online users.

As part of the Agency’s strategic mandate to improve use of digital tools in the country, Inuwa stated that NITDA has launched ‘Adopted Village for Smart Agriculture’ (NAVSA), a digital platform that brings farmers together giving them room to market their farm produce on a digital space, and also connect them with potential investors.

He said  that NITDA is also  building Digital Academy across the country to ensure that Nigerians acquire prerequisite computer knowledge.

According to the DG, this cannot be achieved without necessary cooperation from the private sector.

“Despite being IT regulators, NITDA also needs cooperation from private sectors that are into online businesses.

“Our door is always open. We run a collaborative government. We are working to make the environment conducive for private organisations to create jobs.

It is very important for the e-Commerce Companies to come up with strong, collective and concrete organisation so we can work together to make the industry better for everyone, particularly on job creation.”

The Chairperson Jumia Nigeria, Mrs Juliet Anammah said that Nigeria through Gross Merchandise valued at 838 million euro, has over 25% earnings, which makes the country the biggest market in Africa in e- commerce.

Ms Anammah stressed that e-commerce in Nigeria has, in the last few years created thousands of jobs for unemployed youths, and has become a multiplying factor for SMEs in the country.

She said despite  current challenges faced by the e-Commerce industry, Nigeria is still doing much better in online businesses.

 

L.Nasir