ATCON Seeks Minister’s Collaboration to Tackle National Digital Economy Policy & Strategy Challenges

L-R: Dr. Henry Nkemadu, Director, Public Affairs, NCC; Prof Umar Danbatta, EVC NCC; Ibrahim Dikko, Managing Director, Broadband Connectivity Networks and Mr. Olusola Teniola, ATCON President

The Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) has assured the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy that it would corporate and collaboration with the Ministry to remove obstacles that may hinder the realisation of the objectives of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy.

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The President of ATCON, Mr. Olisola Teniola who made the promise while welcoming the Minister, Dr. Isa Ibrahim Pantami to a dinner held in his honour to welcome him to the ICT/telecoms industry in Abuja, the nation’s capital city, said that ATCON will give support to government to realise the set broadband target of 75% in the next five years.

He also commended government for the launched of documents on National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy, noting that the documents on National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy will help all stakeholders to have a focus as to what the government is thinking in terms of digitalizing the entire country’s economy as it provides a further foundation which will eventually lead the industry to a truly digital transformation that has 5G as a central vehicle for collaborative innovation to grow the nation’s GDP and raise the GDP per capital in five years’ time.

He said further that ATCON will work with the ministry of Communication and Digital Economy in order to understand how “we can shape, mould and create an industry that attracts further huge investments and environment where innovation creates an eco-system where both the smaller and larger operators can co-exist to create positive shareholder’s value and deliver a consumer experience that exceeds expectations.”

Teniola disclosed that ATCON together with other stakeholders plan to organise a National Dialogue on Telecom and ICT in Nigeria in order to foster the implementation of Digital Economy in Nigeria saying that details will be made known to the Minister later.

According to him, ATCON would continue to advocate in a manner that is professional, mature and objective which not only protect but promote the business of its teeming members in Nigeria.

While describing the meeting as an opportunity to meet with him and share where the industry is currently and where they expect the industry to be after his tenure, Teniola said it is also an opportunity to share his developmental plans for the industry with the relevant stakeholders.

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