International Collaboration Emphasizes ICT’s Role In African Development

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In a demonstration of global cooperation, leaders have underscored the pivotal role of information and communications technology (ICT) in driving economic progress across Africa; with a particular focus on Nigeria.

Mrs. Annika Hahn, the Swedish Ambassador to Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon, and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), during a collaborative workshop jointly organised by the Nigerian Communications Commission(NCC) and Sweden, highlighted the importance of ICT regulation and capacity building as crucial drivers for economic development and societal advancement.

The programme was part of the Swedish Programme for Information and Communications Technology in Developing and Emerging Regions (SPIDER).

In an official statement released by the NCC, the Swedish Ambassador commended the commission for hosting this event and for nurturing collaboration between the two nations. She also recognized the substantial role ICT played in Sweden’s own economic growth; being the birthplace of Ericsson, one of the world’s most renowned ICT companies.

Hahn acknowledged the ongoing global technological revolution and its profound potential to stimulate industrial and economic development. She stressed the critical importance of modern and adaptable regulatory frameworks to effectively navigate the rapidly changing technological landscape.

She emphasized that to thrive in this swiftly evolving environment, it is imperative that we adopt contemporary and flexible regulatory approaches. Therefore, human capacity development in ICT regulation remains vital for everyone.

Additionally, the diplomat pointed out that the COVID-19 pandemic had accelerated the global adoption of ICT; leading to a significant increase in Internet users. This transformational shift impacted various sectors, including education, commerce, and financial services, with e-learning platforms playing a pivotal role in this process.

Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, the Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC, expressed his appreciation for the consistent commitment and partnership of the Swedish government and Ericsson with the NCC.

He highlighted that this collaborative workshop not only showcased the essential role of the NCC as a regulator in the West African sub-region but also underscored its unwavering dedication to staying abreast of the ever-evolving dynamics of the telecommunications sector.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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