Nigeria to Host GITEX in 2025

June 4, 2024
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By Adedapo Adesanya

Nigeria, through the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to host the world’s largest technology fair, GITEX, for the first time in 2025.

The agreement was signed recently by the Director General of NITDA, Mr Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, and the chief executive of KAOUN International, Ms Trixie LohMirmand, the organisers of GITEX.

Speaking on the significance of signing the MOU, Mr Inuwa said, “Bringing GITEX to Nigeria will introduce the experience of the best tech conference to our country.”

He further emphasised that this strategic initiative aligned with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s Renewed Agenda to reform the economy to deliver sustained growth.

“President Tinubu is big and loud on trade and economic diversification, and you cannot trade in isolation. The President has mandated us to facilitate parts of this diversification,” said Mr Inuwa.

The NITDA boss said he recognised that in today’s interconnected world, no country can thrive in isolation.

“Economic prosperity is increasingly tied to the ability to engage with global markets and integrate into the international trade ecosystem.”

He noted that in line with this vision, President Tinubu has given a clear mandate to MDAs to actively facilitate and support initiatives that contribute to economic diversification in line with this administration’s redefined priority areas. This includes fostering the development of new industries, promoting innovation, and creating an environment conducive to technological advancement.

“The President’s directive is clear: we must build bridges with the rest of the world and leverage these connections to boost our economic growth. Through initiatives like GITEX Nigeria, we are creating platforms for our tech ecosystem to shine, demonstrating that Nigeria is not only open for business but is also a hub of innovation and creativity.”

Ms LohMirmand expressed excitement about the partnership, citing the impressive track record of Nigerian teams at GITEX pitch competitions.

She said Nigeria had positioned itself as the fastest-growing country for developers in Africa, with vast potential for untapped talent.

“By bringing GITEX to Nigeria, we aim to explore the country’s potential in sectors like AI, digital health, and fintech. The initiative aims to not only showcase local advancements but also integrate the Nigerian tech scene with the wider GITEX network, providing Nigerian startups with a platform to connect with new markets,” she added.

While a date for GITEX Nigeria has not been announced yet, this agreement marks a significant step forward in positioning Nigeria as a key player in the global tech scene and affirming President Tinubu’s strong stance on economic diversification and international trade integration to drive a comprehensive strategy to transform Nigeria’s economy.

Adedapo Adesanya

Adedapo Adesanya is a journalist, polymath, and connoisseur of everything art. When he is not writing, he has his nose buried in one of the many books or articles he has bookmarked or simply listening to good music with a bottle of beer or wine. He supports the greatest club in the world, Manchester United F.C.

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