The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), has announced fourth edition of the Information Communication Technology Exhibition (ICTEL EXPO) 2018 scheduled for 25th and 26th of July, 2018 at the Eko Hotel and Suites with theme: ‘Developing Efficiency and Competitiveness in the Digital Age.
Speaking at the media launch held at LCCI’s head office in Lagos on Thursday May 31, 2018, the Chamber’s President, Mr. Babatunde Ruwase, described ICTEL EXPO 2018 as a platform that brings together the key players in the Nigerian ICT sector to brainstorm towards a greater contribution to national economic development.
The President said ICTEL EXPO has already been endorsed by the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology; Federal Ministry of Communications; Lagos State Ministry of Science and Technology; Information Technology Association of Nigeria (ITAN); National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA); Nigeria Computer Society (NCS); Computer Registration Council of Nigeria (CPN) and Nigeria Internet Group (NIG).
Others entities that have thrown their weight behind the exhibition are Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC); Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA); Association of Telecommunication Companies of Nigeria (ATCON); Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON); the Association of Licensed Telecommunication Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), amongst others.
Mr. Ruwase while seeking media support for a successful organization of the event reiterated that the Information & Communication Technology sector has continued to drive entrepreneurship, innovation and sustainable business models in Nigeria and beyond.
“Technology-driven service delivery and mobile payment solutions have transformed the way we do business today. The ICTEL EXPO is a veritable platform to explore new technology possibilities and trends.
He however said that the sector could contribute more to national development if the needed infrastructure and policies are in place. “We urge the government and private sector players to explore the Public-Private-Partnership model to mobilize needed investments for ICT infrastructure. However, for this to happen, the government must provide a conducive policy environment where ICT businesses can thrive”, the LCCI President said.
ICTEL 2018 to have special focus on Start-ups- Idahosa
Meanwhile, the Chairman, Trade Promotion Board, Lagos Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Mr. Gabriel Idahosa, said, apart from the two-day event offering information, inspiration, innovation and optimal brand exposure, this year, there will be a special focus on tech start-ups and how they are impacting this present age and the future.
“This is a platform provided for participants to discuss diverse business and investment opportunities. There will also be conferences to address the current trends in the ICT sector and an overview of government policies and how business has been impacted by these policies. Best practices in ICT regulations would also form a critical part of the discourse at the various scheduled side-events during the EXPO.
“This year, we are having a special focus on tech start-ups and how they are impacting this present age and the future.
Let me, on behalf of all members of the Trade Promotion Board, appreciate your presence here today and your support at making this Expo a huge success since inception. This year’s edition is being packaged to deliver added value to all stakeholders involved in the project.
“With this unveiling ceremony today, we call on our esteemed partners to commence preparations towards their full participation at the Expo. Negotiations and talks for possible sponsorships and participation have commenced. The march towards a more successful ICTEL EXPO is beginning today and you all are part of this march.
Mr. Idahosa further sought supports and commitments of partners towards the successful promotion of the Expo to the whole world.