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Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency, (NITDA), Dr. Isa Pantami, exchanging views with other officials at the ongoing Gulf Information Technology Exhibition (GITEX) Technology in Dubai,

EU, US, Indians show interest in Nigerian ICT at GITEX

Investors from the United States of America, Indian, Germany and Norway have expressed great interest in coming to Nigeria after listening to presentations made by Nigeria on investment potentials

Already, leader of the Nigeria’s delegation land the Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency, (NITDA), Dr. Isa Pantami at the ongoing Gulf Information Technology Exhibition (GITEX) Technology in Dubai, has called on global investment community to consider Nigeria to savour vast untapped potential in Information and Communications Technology (ICT).

In his presentation at the Africa Investment Forum at Dubai World Trade Centre, Dr. Pantami said there was an enabling environment created by the Buhari administration’s Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PBEC), for businesses to thrive in Nigeria.

He denied several trending false reports about doing business in Nigeria especially in the area of security of life and property,  stressing the problem of insecurity has been fought significantly and that investors have been having safe business operations contrary to false information on the Internet.

Aside the opportunity for Visa  on arrival which Nigerian offers  investors, Pantami said ICT sector currently  contributed 11.27 per cebt to the total nominal GDP in the 2nd Quarter of 2017, stressing that while they are guaranteed better returns on investment, Nigeria will also benefit by boosting it’s GDP contribution from IT through such investment.

Offering the investors insight into the potentials of the Nigerian economy, Pantami said towards increasing the broadband penetration in Nigeria to 30 per cent by 2018, the country has developed a comprehensive National Broadband Plan (NBP).

According to him, “We see a good potential for growth in the sector and we are creating an environment that can significantly increase the sector’s contribution to the nation’s GDP.

He averred that NITDA has an Office for ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIIE) which hunts talents and support promising Nigerian startups in the ICT.

“The activities of the OIIE have enabled the ICT startup innovation ecosystem in Nigeria to grow at a remarkable pace. One of our startups- Genie Games- won the 2nd position at the keenly contested Startup Movement Competition at GITEX 2016.

“Many Nigerian startups have also won plaudits from home and abroad.  For example, HopStop, an online city transit App acquired by Apple for a whopping $1 billion, was owned by a Nigerian-born Entrepreneur. Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, visited Nigeria last year and had very complimentary things to say about the quality of ICT talent in the country.  His foundation also provided $24 million funding for Andella, a Nigerian company focussed on building World-Class Software Development Teams.

“Konga.com, a Nigerian e-commerce company, attracted over $65 million funding in 2014.  Also, out of a record-breaking total of $366.8 million raised by African startups in 2016, investments in Nigerian startups had the largest share of $109.4 million.

“These investment stories underscore the viability of the Nigerian startups and the capacity of Nigerians to conceive ingenious ideas. We invite you, our potential investors, to take advantage of this massive talent pool as you invest in Nigeria,” he added.

The DG added that more than 50 per cent of what they (potential investors) needed to assembly product towards localising and domesticating their IT investments can be sourced from Nigeria, saying there is tax-friendly policy to support the investors in Nigeria.

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