Stories By Chris Alu
Gitex Technology has set up the Local Organizing Committee for the technology expo conference holding in Dubai by October.
Gitex Technology is the premier Technology event in the Middle East Africa and South Asia (MEASA).
Last year over, 35,000 visitors came from Africa to the GITEX show edition, where Nigeria premiered its presence by setting up the Nigerian Pavilion which was promoted by the Nigerian Government through the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).
The LOC is tasked with ensuring Nigeria’s successful participation through pre-show work-plans.
Mr. Peter Jack, director general/chief executive officer of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), said NITDA has a new vision and the agency would genuinely pursue IT development aggressively to position Nigeria in the global society.
He said Nigeria’s presence at Gitex would offer the opportunity to explore international opportunities for collaborations and investments that would further advance Nigeria’s burgeoning IT sector.
He cited examples of countries like South Korea and India where IT alone contribute over $200 billion to the economy.
“The NITDA is determined to position Nigeria in that light, and would work through multilateral stakeholders approach to get everyone involved and achieve our core goals at NITDA,” Jack said.
The NITDA boss also implored the committee to do all they can to make Nigeria’s presence at Gitex 2014 a success and assured of government’s support for IT development at all levels, while stressing the need for inter agencies collaboration and synergy.
“It is in the spirit of partnership that NITDA has invited other agencies to be part of this preparation and we believe that this is imperative to achieve best results,” he said to the committee members.
Dr. Olatunji, chairman of the LOC, said it was important for all stakeholders to come together to drive Nigeria’s participation as the official country partner for Gitex 2014.
He said there was a need for all stakeholders to strongly get everybody who has something innovating to showcase at Gitex to use it as a global platform to show the world what Nigerians are doing.
Mr. Orume who later coordinated the meeting said preparations had begun already since Nigeria officially enlisted to be partner for Gitex 2014 and said there was need for the committee to expedite actions to meet up with the demands of the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), organisers of Gitex to ensure that deadlines for all preparatory items are met.
The LOC stressed the importance of early marketing and publicity activities as the committee works on actualizing the necessary roadshows to engage local stakeholders in Lagos, Kano, Port Harcourt, Abuja and Enugu where the NCS conference will be holding in July this year.