By Oluwashina Iyanda
Policymakers and stakeholders in the digital economy ecosystem in the West African sub-region will converge in Abuja from Jan. 31 to Feb. 1 for the Digital Economy Regional Conference.
Reuben Muoka, Director, Public Affairs in the ministry in a statement on Monday in Abuja, said the conference would discuss the future of digital economy.
The forum would also intensify regional public-private partnerships for the sub-region.
The Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy will host the event on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria.
The conference is in collaboration with the World Bank.
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Pantami, will deliver the keynote address at the event.
The theme of the conference is “Positioning West Africa’s Digital Economy for the Future”.
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It would provide a platform for countries in West Africa to discuss issues that will strengthen the digital economies in the sub-region, and by extension the continent.
According to the statement, the conference will also create avenues for peer review to accelerate digital transformation.
It will also increase collaboration to secure partnerships within the sub-region to strengthen the innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem.
It would equally intensify regional public-private partnerships for digital economy funding, research and development.
The gathering is expected to also provide an opportunity to showcase the progress made in the development of the digital economy in the West African sub-region.
It would identify winning strategies, discuss challenges and prepare for the future.
Furthermore, the conference will create awareness of the region’s needs in the areas of policies and framework for the digital economy and attract private sponsors for digital transformation.
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