NITDA Inaugurates 2014 eNigeria LOC
THE Secretariat of eNigeria, has announced the formal inauguration of the 2014 Local Organisating Committee (LOC).
eNigeria is the nation’s premier IT flagship conference which is a unique yearly gathering of stakeholders, professionals and enthusiasts from both public and private sectors accros the globe, aimed at showcasing and promoting Nigeria’s viable but largely under tapped IT sector potentials with a view to showcasing it.
According to a statement from the conference secretariat, the theme of this year’s event is: “Creating Market Opportunities for Indigenous ICT Products and Services”. The statement added that the tone for this year’s conference is in line with the aim of continuity from last year’s event, which focused on local content development.
It added that the agenda for promoting “Buy Made in Nigeria ICT Products and Services” received a widespread Stakeholders support when the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) successfully launched the framework and guildlines for Nigerian content in information technology during eNigeria 2013 to increase the patronage of locally made ICT products (hardware and software)
While recounting the gains of previous eNigeria conferences with particular reference to last year’s event, NITDA’s Director of Corporate Strategy and Research, Dr. Vincent Olatunji recalled that one of the most significant fallout of the 2013 edition was the development of the framework on local content roadmap and guidelines in Nigeria which informs the need to keep track of events and to reassess the progress made so far in this regards as a result of which the focus of this year’s theme was carefully selected in tandem with the agency’s objective.
As part of objective of the eNigeria conference 2014, the LOC is to ensure among others that it identify tech start-ups as well as ICT related research and innovations and showcase them such as is done at other international exhibitions like CeBIT, GITEX, CES, ITU among others.
The membership of the LOC which is drawn from various ICT bodies including the Nigeria Computer Society, Computer Professionals of Nigeria, Information Technology Association of Nigeria, Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria, the media, other interest groups and representations of other Ministries, Agencies and Departments is saddled with the responsibility of ensuring a successful conference befitting of its increasing international status.
The three day conference, which will feature some plenary sessions, exhibition, paper presentation and high level networking sessions is also expected to help drive initiatives that will require consistent follow up actions or deliberate steps to create marketing opportunities for technology start-ups and young innovators in order to address the challenges of unemployment and drive sustainable national economic growth.