Internet Governance Forum, IGF has decried low participation of business leaders in internet governance in Nigeria and Africa at large.
This was made known at the just concluded Chief Executive Officers round table organized by the African ICT Alliance, AfICTA in partnership with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, ICANN with the theme “Mobilizing African Business Leader for the future of the Internet” in Abuja.
The event with a directive to discuss the future of the internet had in attendance various African business leaders including thirty Chief Executive Officers from Nigeria and vital stakeholders in the ICT industry.
According to the Chairman of AfICTA, Dr Jimson Olufuye, this development, if allowed to persist will affect African continent negatively, preventing Africa from reaping a larger fraction of benefits of the digital economy. He said while yet untapped systems of funding exist to bring in NGOs, civil society, and even the technical community and academia to participate in related events and relationships, no similar opportunity exists for small businesses, due to existing UN rules and other barriers.
Amongst neglected focuses listed by participating stakeholders was Domain name registration which was said to be a virgin market in the continent. Neglect of employable ICT opportunities by business leaders in the society, amongst other neglect.
Outlining proposed strategic plan for the National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, 2015 to 2018, the Director General of the agency, Dr. Peter Jack told the gathering that absence of a national IT master plan, connected government framework, e-government strategy and interoperability framework were part of the challenges facing the agency but assured that NITDA would build an inclusive digital society.
Marilyn Cade, ICT Strategies CADE LLC expressing concern for the growth of the internet said that access was still a core challenge for not only the three billion connected, but the next four billion.
According to her, capacity building, affordable devices and resiliency must be explored for digital economy.
Marilyn Cade also said that sustainable development goals must be integrated into post 2015 WSIS agenda to advance Information Society and affect role of business as leaders from developing countries.

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