Nigeria is all set to bring a top delegation to ITU Telecom World, held in Bangkok from November 19 – 22, 2013. Our mission there is to unfold the final phase of the country’s readiness to introduce competition into the broadband sector of the telecommunications industry and also place on the table incentives from the government to support investors – local and international – who will be coming into the sector.
Also, the wife of the President, Dame Patience Jonathan, who is Champion, ITU Child Online Protection, will be the special guest of the ITU as she features in a number of ITU programmes and also sets aside time to play special matriarchal roles at Nigerian events.
In the Nigerian team are the Minister of Communication Technology, Mrs Omobola Johnson, Minister of Trade and Investment, Dr Olusegun Aganga and the Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, Dr Eugene Juwah.
The theme the country is taking to ITU Telecom World is: e-Novation, Digital Economic Transformation. In very high profile events like the Leaders Lunch, Nigeria Day and the opening of the Nigerian Pavilion, the President, represented by Mrs Johnson, will have milestone opportunities to address the international community and discuss the contents of Nigeria’s National Broadband Plan 2013 – 2018 which sits at the heart of his administration’s transformation agenda.
Nigeria will enjoy a special spotlight on November 20, 2013 as Dr Aganga discusses investment opportunities in Nigeria and also tell some success stories the country has recorded in recent times.
Chief Regulator of the telecommunications industry, Dr Juwah, while appraising the exponential growth of the sector which has recorded over $25bn dollars worth of investment in a little over a decade, explains that the country has more capacity for growth, adding that details of opportunities, broadband roadmap and incentives by the Nigerian government will be unfolded in Bangkok.