The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Pantami and his Rwandan counterpart for ICT and innovation, Paula Ingabire held talks on strengthening information and communication technology (ICT) and innovation in both countries.
The meeting took place on the side lines of the recent Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Kigali, Rwanda.
A statement by the technical assistant on research and development to Prof. Pantami, Dr. Femi Adeluyi, said both ministers discussed the implementation of their similar mandates and commended each other on the strides they have made in the development of the digital economy in both countries. They also explored areas of partnership between Nigeria and Rwanda and they identified areas such as developmental regulation, policy formulation, digital identity, cybersecurity, among other things.
The ministers were joined at the meeting by the director-general of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Mallam Kashifu Abdullahi, the director-general of the National Identification Agency (NIDA) of Rwanda, Mukesha Josephine and the chief executive officer (CEO) of the Rwanda Information Society Authority (RISA) Innocent Muhizi.
As two of the leading digital economies in Africa, the ministers also discussed ways of strengthening partnerships across Africa, to achieve a vibrant digital economy across the continent.