Nigeria To Host GITEX In 2025

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The director-general, National Information Technology Development Agency, Mallam Kashifu Abdullahi addressing stakeholders signing the memorandum of understanding for Nigeria to host GITEX in 2025.

In a move to bolster the nation’s technology sector, the Federal Government, through the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), has inked an MoU to host GITEX, the world’s largest tech fair, for the first time in 2025.

The deal was sealed by NITDA director-general, Mallam Kashifu Abdullahi and Trixie Loh Mirmand, the CEO of KAOUN International, organisers of GITEX.

Addressing the importance of the MoU, Abdullahi mentioned, “Bringing GITEX to Nigeria will introduce the premier tech conference experience to our nation.”

He stressed that this strategic move aligns with President Bola Tinubu’s Economic Reform Agenda for sustained growth. “President Tinubu emphasises trade and economic diversification, recognising the need for global engagement in diversification,” Abdullahi stated.

Acknowledging the interconnected nature of today’s world, the NITDA boss highlighted that no country can flourish in isolation. Economic success is increasingly linked to global market engagement and integration into the international trade framework.

In accordance with this vision, President Tinubu has tasked MDAs to actively support initiatives fostering economic diversification in line with the administration’s key focus areas. This involves nurturing new industries, encouraging innovation, and creating a tech-friendly environment.

“The President’s directive is clear: we must forge connections globally to enhance economic growth. Through initiatives like GITEX Nigeria, we are providing platforms for our tech sector to shine, showcasing Nigeria as a hub of innovation and creativity,” he added.

Trixie Loh Mirmand expressed enthusiasm about the partnership, citing the impressive performance of Nigerian teams at GITEX pitch competitions. She highlighted Nigeria’s emergence as the fastest-growing developer hub in Africa, brimming with untapped talent.

“By hosting GITEX in Nigeria, we aim to explore sectors like AI, digital health and fintech. This initiative seeks to not only exhibit local advancements but also integrate the Nigerian tech landscape with the broader GITEX network, offering Nigerian startups opportunities to tap into new markets,” she explained.

Though a date for GITEX Nigeria is pending, this agreement marks a significant stride in positioning Nigeria as a key player in the global tech arena, underlining President Tinubu’s commitment to economic diversification and international trade integration to steer a holistic transformation of Nigeria’s economy.

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