Nigeria Committed To Promoting Digital Economy, Says Pantami At GSMA Gathering

TECH DIGEST – Nigeria says it is committed to promoting digital economy and has significantly created the right policy environment for digital investments.

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, this week in Barcelona, Spain while addressing the GSMA Sub Saharan Africa (SSA) Roundtable, said the country’s political leadership led by President Muhammadu Buhari envisions a new Nigeria modelled on the digital economy and not solely depended on crude oil export.

The minister, who made a presentation titled ‘Accelerating Digital Transformation – A Case Study of Nigeria’ as part of his official engagements in the ongoing Mobile World Congress (MWC), during the GSMA SSA Roundtable, said Nigeria has an encouraging level of infrastructural and policy frameworks to ensure investors in the digital economy are able to gain significant tractions.

The GSMA SSA Digital Transformation Roundtable was attended by ministers from other African countries and international stakeholders in the GSMA ecosystem.

Nigeria’s digital transformation journey has not been without its challenges, the minister told the audience while noting that the country’s success has been hinged on factors that include:

“The stakeholders and members of the ecosystem are indispensable in the drive to transform the digital landscape of any country.

“Having the buy-in and support of the top leadership is critical to sustainable success.

“The support of Mr. President [that]has made a lot of difference. We are always ready to partner with sister ministries and stakeholders.”

The Global System for Mobile Communications or the GSM Association (commonly referred to as ‘the GSMA’) represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting over 750 operators with near 400 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem.

The minister is the leader of Nigeria’s official delegation that include the Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (EVC/CEO) of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Professor Umar Garba Danbatta, to the annual Barcelona GSMA gathering.