Africa on way to boost its technological competence
The Cyber Nigeria Forum & Cyber Africa Innovation Awards, which started in Nigeria in 2009, have since then provided a platform not only for service providers to share their innovative edge, but also learn how to follow global technology trends. (Image: Earth integrate)
The third Cyber Nigeria Forum & Cyber Africa Innovation Awards that took place on May 18, 2014 at the Sheraton Hotel in Lagos provided an opportunity to bring together key stakeholders in the ICT industry in Africa, spanning technology consumers, innovators, policy makers and analysts.
This bi-annual event, which started in Nigeria in 2009, has since then provided a platform not only for service providers to share their innovative edge, but also learn how to follow global technology trends as they offer services that boost enterprises and improve government services in areas such as e-commerce, e-health, e-banking, cloud service, Big Data and the Internet of Things, among others.
The objective of the 2014 Forum was to offer a quantitative and qualitative assessment of the impact of the Internet related business and innovations on Nigeria’s GDP and growth drawing inference from global statistics, while also considering the most relevant tools governments and businesses can use to get the maximum benefit from the digital transformation.
It also helped to assess the internet’s contribution to Nigeria’s economy, with discussions at the Forum focuing on these primary sources of value: enterprise, creativity, innovation, and consumption.
This event also allowed Internet CEOs executives and investors to gain insights into the economics of the cyberspace, network with senior executives, review policies with regulators and establish new business relationships.
It is now commonly known that countries that have technological competence are more economically developed and competitive.
Accordingly, the activities that took place during this forum not only serve to ensure that Africa attains technological competence but also that it becomes more economically developed and competitive.
“The provision of infrastructure that ensures stable and reliable internet access is a very important element that must be addressed if Africa is to quicken the pace of economic development and ensure that citizens are enabled to compete with the rest of the world,” said Stanley Jegede, Chief Executive Officer of Nigerian telecommunications major, Phase3 Telecom.
“Today, we are ready to take our network to other regions not yet reached by high-capacity transmission network to provide the best communications experience to people in the continent,” he added.
The insights and actionables from this forum are expected to help Nigeria and other African nations to close the huge gap between themselves and the developed markets of Europe and North America in the next 20 years.
To conclude, the Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Eugene Juwah, won the ‘Icon of Africa information Awards’ at the 2014 African Innovation Awards.
Juwah was rewarded for his campaign for the affordability of internet and other telecommunication services, as these actions have improved the ratings of the Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC) and positively affected Nigerian telecommunication users.