Nigerians resident in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), have been urged to support Nigeria towards the country’s successful participation in this year’s Gitex Technology Week holding between 16 and 20 October at the Dubai World Trade Centre in Dubai, UAE.
The acting Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Dr Vincent Olatunji, who made this call at a recent interactive session organised by the Nigeria foreign mission in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) through its Consulate in Dubai, said NITDA will be promoting opportunities in non-oil sectors and how the government is committed to supporting foreign and local entrepreneurships, particularly in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector.
The Gitex Technology Week, being organised by the Dubai World Trade Centre, (DWTC),is the 3rd largest in the world. It attracted over 165, 000 trade visitors last year from over 115 countries. NITDA is facilitating Nigeria›s participation at three levels including the Nigerian Pavilion, Nigerian Startups cobs inside the Innovation Hub, and the GITEX Africa Investment Forum being co-managed by the NITDA and the DWTC.
“All these levels of participation are designed to ensure maximum exposure to ICT and other non-oil sectors which is a cardinal economic goal of the current government under President Muhammadu Buhari. Dubai has become an international hub for business engagements. NITDA has already opened talks with several business prospects through the support of the DWTC and the Consular Office here in Dubai.
“Since Nigeria started participating in GITEX, this is the first time we would be interacting with Nigerians and Nigerian business community here to seek your direct support and assure you of the willingness of the NITDA as well as sister agencies to work with you and enhance the value of the country›s GDP through non-oil enterprises,” said Olatunji as he spoke of the need for Nigerians to close ranks and promote the country as a strong, attractive economic brand.