Pantami Leads Delegation to Gitex 2019, Inuwa Host Africa Investment Forum

Dr. Isa Pantami and members of the Nigerian delegates at 2017 GITEX

Nigeria’s Communications Minister is expected to lead businesses and economic players to attend this year’s Gulf Information Technology Exhibition (GITEX 2019) in Dubai, United Arab Emirate while the Director General of the Nigerian Information Technology Development Agency, (NITDA) will host the Africa Investment Forum.


The Minister, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami along aside the country’s delegation will be joining over 200, 000 trade visitors from over 145 countries of the world to share trends in technology and look into the future of the ICT industry.

A statement from the NITDA said Pantami will offer insights on how investors can get maximum ‘Return on Investments’ (RoIs) from the ICT sector of the economy.

He will speak on the present administration’s ability to turn the country’s challenges to opportunities and how the ease of doing business policy of the government has transformed the economic climate of the country especially in the ICT sector.

The sessions will offer firsthand investment information on the increasing opportunities in the industry vertical areas of Education, Cybersecurity, eGovernment, Startups, Retails, Energy, Healthcare, Fintech, and Agrotech industries.

Nigeria as the largest ICT market in the continent of Africa will be showcasing her ICT investment potentials at the Nigerian Country Pavilion and the Nigerian Startup Pavilion.

The five days GITEX 2019 Technology week will feature several hours of conferences, forums, tech talks and meetings with the main theme: “Synergizing the Mind and Technology Economy” covering sectors like Future Mobility, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Smart Cities, 5G, Gitex and Lifestyle Tech among others. Discussant will x-ray why venture capitalists and angel investors should be looking at Africa’s largest economy for startup funding.

The NITDA Director General/CEO, Mr. Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi who on the delegation will be co-hosting the GITEX ‘Africa Investment Forum (AIF) inside the Dubai World Trade Centre.

The AIF will feature speakers and audience from across the continent sharing Africa’s inspiring growth curves and challenges as the continent grapples with diverse development issues.

The AIF will be offering an interactive and pitch session for Nigeria startups with focused discussion on what to know about Nigeria’s tech startup ecosystem.

The AIF will also be hosting a session on Accelerating Sustainable Chinese Investment in Africa’s Infrastructure Lessons from the Belt and Road Initiative, where the different perspectives on the impact of trade and investment from Chinese stakeholders; from funding major infrastructure alongside strategic entry by technology companies like Tencent, Alibaba, Baidu are helping the advancement of industries in Africa.

There will also be a CEO Connect Hosted by Gulf Africa where discussions will give real world perspective to help prepare startups to take on and succeed in doing business in Africa. Notable CEOs featuring includes; William Skidmore, Editor, Gulf Africa Review, Lare Ayoola, CEO TRANTER IT, Evelyn Lewis, CEO SBTS Group among others.

The highlights for Nigeria on the AIF will be the two important sessions on: ‘Nigeria Focus: Presentations & Panel Discussions Hosted by NITDA, Ease of Doing Business in Nigeria & High Investment Potential in Nigeria’s ICT sector to be delivered by the Minister and a Special Remarks by NITDA, on “NITDA as an Enabler of Technology Investment in Nigeria” by Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi CCIE.

Discussants like Professor Suleiman Elias Bogoro, Executive Secretary, Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND); Jelani Aliyu, Director General, Nigeria Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC); Ms Abimbola Alele, Managing Director/CEO, Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited (NIGCOMSAT); Agu Collins Agu, Ph.D. Director of Corporate Planning & Strategy, NITDA, and Dr. Evans Woherem, Chairman Digital Africa Group will feature on Investors Panel: Leveraging the Ease of Doing Business in Nigeria – Africa’s Largest Economy.

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