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TECH GLOBAL TO SUPPORT DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION IN NIGERIA

TECH GLOBAL TO SUPPORT DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION IN NIGERIA

13.08.2020
13.08.2020
Joseph Mucheru
Dr. Abdullahi Gambo, NITDA (left)
On August 12, Tech Global met online with NITDA, an organisation that defines the ICT development strategy in Nigeria. Dr. Abdullahi Gambo, director of IT infrastructure solutions at NITDA, welcomed Tech Global's cooperation proposal. A working group was formed to discuss specific details of Russian technology transfer to Nigeria.

During the meeting, Tech Global representatives shared their unique approach to IT-transformation in the key areas of the Nigerian economy. Nigeria's top priorities lie in the areas of e-government, critical infrastructure protection, cybersecurity, telecommunications and digital sovereignty. Russian technological solutions in these areas could be successfully exported to the largest country in Africa.

Nigeria was represented by Dr. Abdullahi Gambo, director of IT infrastructure solutions at NITDA, Dr. Ahmad Tambuwal, head of IT training, Dr. Agu Collins, director of corporate planning and strategy, Dr. Muhammad Yahaya, special technical assistant to the CEO, Dr. Amina Sambo Magaji, national coordinator of the Office for ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIIE), Barr Kasim A Sodangi, national coordinator for the Office for Nigeria Content Development in ICT (ONC).

Dr. Abdullahi Gambo and his colleagues highly appreciated Tech Global's offer. As the main Nigerian government body responsible for the development of ICT innovation, NITDA is interested in an intergovernmental working format. State support from both Russia and Nigeria will provide the bilateral cooperation with greater reliability.

The Nigerian side showed great interest in Tech Global's approach consisting in building digital sovereignty by relying on local partners. Tech Global's approach is different from the traditional approach to digital transformation, which is characterized either by a limited scope of existing solutions offered by a particular vendor, or by being carried out within a framework of an expensive consulting project. Technology transfer is an alternative to these approaches.

The meeting resulted in forming a working group. Within its framework, leading NITDA employees will work together with Tech Global on the specific details of Russian technology transfer to Nigeria.

"The Nigerian market with a population of more than 200 million people is the largest in Africa. It would be in the interests of both countries to launch ICT projects in Nigeria based on Russian technological solutions. We are happy for the opportunity to work directly with NITDA, as this organization is the most active agency in the country advocating for digital transformation. We expect that the working group will find specific areas of implementing Russian technologies in Nigeria," said George Mikaberidze, general director of Tech Global.

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