By Oluwatobi Opusunju
The Association of Telecoms Companies of Nigeria and the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) have partnered to explore ways Nigeria can better maximize its participation at the Gulf International Technology Exhibition and Expo (GITEX).
According to the President of ATCON Mr. Olushola Teniola while speaking about the partnership said it will allow for transition amongst members of the Association from voice and data to services like Robotics, AR and VR which allow for growth and development in terms of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).
“Gitex is a strategic event which allows Nigeria to demonstrate its ICT capabilities and to reach out to other sectors because there are always demonstration of Robotics , AR and VR, which are trends we need to keep abreast of because our members need to embrace not just minds services but Augmented Realities (AR) and Virtual Realities (VR),” he said.
“I am very encouraged that our members should be encouraged to go to Gitex not only on their own volition, but as part of the Nigerian delegation under the auspices of the DWTC. We are very happy that you are here and we are very much keen to expand our association with world partnerships as this,” he added.
Similarly the Director of Sales , Exhibitions and Events Management at the Dubai World Trade Centre, Bilal Al-Rais while speaking on the partnership pointed out that apart from its objectives of helping Nigeria to expand to the rest of the world, the DWTC is also interested to introduce as many investors to Nigeria through the platform that GITEX offers.
“Africa has continued to be a focus for DWTC for the past 6 years with the objectives of helping Nigeria and supporting Nigeria’s interest in expanding beyond just Nigeria to the African continent and the rest of the world. We are also interested to introduce as many investors to Nigeria as well, so its not just us highlighting the capabilities Nigeria has within technology to the whole world , but to make sure people understand the need to invest In Nigeria ,so its not just outbound but also inbound , “ he said.
“We want to make sure Nigeria as a country engage with other government bodies and National institutions across the world, considering the platforms we are putting together this year. We want to put it out there what Nigeria capabilities are to the rest of the world to make sure we continue to highlight Nigeria on the global map,” he hammered.
Also speaking, CEO, Pinnacle Global Business Services Ltd, Mr. Akande Ojo reiterated the essence and why ATCON as an association needs to leverage on the platform to connect to a global audience in a bid to increase the countries FDI.
“ATCON being an association of telecoms owners is critical and more important to expand on this partnership to a global audience using a platform that people are willing to engage you and connect you to the rest of the world and which also gives many opportunity to leverage on many areas especially our companies and the fact we are looking beyond participation in a bid to increase the Nations FDI. We have a lot of our youths who are looking at connecting with angel investors and the rest, so this is platform that has a lot of things to offer,” .