Nigeria is set to host policymakers and stakeholders from West Africa’s digital economy ecosystem in the Digital Economy Regional Conference to discuss the future of the digital economy and intensify regional public-private partnerships for the region.
The event, to be hosted by the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria, in collaboration with the World Bank, will hold from January 31 to February 1, 2023, in Abuja.
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Pantami who will deliver the event’s keynote address will be joined by his Federal Capital Territory (FCT) counterpart, Mohammed Bello to welcome ministers and top government officials from the sub-region.
The conference, themed “Positioning West Africa’s Digital Economy for the Future”, will provide a platform for countries in the region to discuss issues that will strengthen the digital economies in West Africa and, by extension, the continent.
According to the ministry, the conference will also create an avenue for peer review to accelerate digital transformation and increase collaboration to secure partnerships within the region to strengthen the innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem while intensifying regional public-private partnerships for digital economy funding, research and development.
A statement by the director, public affairs, Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC), Reuben Muoka said the gathering is expected to provide an opportunity to showcase the progress made in the development of the region’s digital economy, identify winning strategies, discuss challenges and prepare for the future in addition to creating awareness of the region’s needs in the areas of policies and framework for the digital economy and attracting private sponsors for digital transformation in the region.