The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) is ready to further develop the technology ecosystem in the country. The Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, made this known on Sunday.
He said that the development would ensure the improvement of local content in the technology industry. Danbatta said that steps to further develop the ecosystem would be discussed at the “Maiden Edition of Emerging Telecoms Technologies Research and ICT Innovation Forum’’ in Lagos.
He said that the forum had the theme: “Developing Nigeria’s Tech Ecosystem; Imperative for Improving Local Content’’.
“This is in line with the Commission’s commitment to promoting ICT innovation and investment opportunities and facilitating strategic collaboration and partnership.
“The forum presents a unique opportunity for NCC to bring together key players/actors in the Nigerian tech-ecosystem to deliberate and suggest policy, framework/strategy that can further develop the sector.
“It will thereby serve as a catalyst for improving local content in ICT/Telecommunication sector,’’ Danbatta said in a statement.
He said that the collaborative stakeholder’s meeting would be a two-day event that would identify the gaps in the ICT/Telecommunications sector and further strengthen the collaboration between stakeholders and the Commission.
According to him, there will be a break-out session to discuss possible solutions to the identified gaps.
He said that those expected at the forum are: Mobile Network Operators (MNOs), Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and Technology hubs.
Professional Associations in the ICT sector, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM), Consumer Advocacy Group and the financial sector will also be in attendance.