NCC hosts stakeholders on improving local content in ICT sector

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has announced plans to hold its second edition of the Emerging Telecoms Technologies Research and ICT Innovation Forum.

The Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta who disclosed recently in Abuja said the forum would serve as a catalyst for improving local contents in ICT and the telecommunication sector.

In a statement made available to newsmen by Mr Henry Nkemadu, the Commission’s Director, Public Affairs, Danbatta said the forum was in line with the commission’s commitment to promoting ICT innovation and investment opportunities and facilitating strategic collaboration and partnership.

He said that the forum would present opportunity for NCC to bring together key players in the Nigerian tech-ecosystem to deliberate and suggest policy, framework that could further develop the sector.

Danbatta said the edition, designed for the North-West Region is scheduled to hold at Bristol Palace Hotel, Kano State from Aug. 14 to Aug. 15th with the theme: “Developing Nigeria’s Tech Ecosystem; Imperative for Improving Local Content”.

He said the lead paper would be delivered by Dr. Chris Uwaje, Africa Chair, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

He said stakeholders will, on the first day, identify the gaps in the ICT and telecoms sector and suggest how to strengthen the collaboration between stakeholders and the commission.

The second day, according to him, would witness a breakout session to discuss possible solutions to the identified gaps.

The NCC boss said the discourse at the forum will also focus on: “Digital Skills Imperative for Retooling National Workforce”; “Developing Capacities for Future Work”;

“Innovation Hubs as the Fulcrum of Local Content Development”

Other topics are: “Digital Inclusion, Employment and National Survivability”; Legislative and Government Support for Enhancing Tech Eco System in Nigeria”.

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