Nigeria will be promoting her technology startups at this year’s Gulf Information Technology Exhibition, GITEX, the premier technology event in the Middle East and Asia, according to the National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA.
To ensure the country’s effective participation at event holding inside the Dubai World Trade Centre, DWTC and to also gain full value for her startups and already established companies, NITDA said it has inaugurated the GITEX 2015 Local Organizing Committee, LOC
A statement issued by Acting Head, Public Affairs of NITDA, Mrs. Hadiza Umar said the LOC members were drawn from the public sector organisations, private institutions and the media, to ensure adequate preparations and representation at the event.
Director General of NITDA, Mr. Peter Jack said at the inauguration ceremony in Abuja that the agency planned “to leverage on our successful presence at last year’s event and also consolidate on the country’s rising economic with political profile to promote our country generally; and our technology startups particularly for both offshore and in-country investors”.
Jack, who was represented by the Director of Finance, Mr. Abdulsalam Olalere, said “Nigeria offers an expansive opportunities for both old and new IT companies, and part of NITDA’s mandate is to encourage exposure and global partnerships both for the country’s IT sector and its participants whether big or small.”
“We have to expose our young and talented startups to investors, global IT buyers and tech acquisition specialists keen to know more about the country and willing to explore partnerships and business opportunities,” he said while encouraging LOC members to put in their best for the country’s participation.
While providing an overview of GITEX and how Nigeria can benefit from it, Mr. Segun Oruame, CEO of Knowhow Media International, the country partner for Pinnacle International Consulting, LLC, GITEX representative for Nigeria and West Africa, said Gitex offers strategic interest for Nigeria’s overall IT goal.
“GITEX is a vital platform not only to promote our national IT interests but also to encourage synergies between local companies and offshore business influencers and IT enterprises,” said Oruame.
The LOC committee chaired by Dr. Vincent Olatunji will provide the framework and implementation activities for participation of stakeholders inside the Nigerian Pavilion at Gitex 2015; promotion of local startups; projection of the country’s vast and untapped IT potential; organization of Nigeria’s IT Investment Forum within the Nigeria Pavilion; and generation as well as well as distribution of IT intelligence material on the country for the global audience at GITEX.
GITEX is organized by the DWTC and this year’s thematic conferences which hold side by side with the expo would be focusing on big data, cloud, innovation, IOT, mobility, security, and smart cities. There will special focus also on smart transportation and agriculture.

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