Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA)

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REPORT ON THE 8TH MEETING OF THE NATIONAL COUNCIL ON COMMUNICATION AND DIGITAL ECONOMY (NDDCE)

The 8th Regular meeting of the National Council on Communications and Digital Economy (NCCDE) held at the Imo Trade & Investment (Ahiajoku) Centre, Owerri from the 27th November to 2nd December 2020. The theme of the meeting was ''Leveraging Digital Economy Policies & Strategies for Economic Recovery in a Covid-19 Era and Beyond''. Representatives of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) were at the NCCDE  to promote the .ng brand, Nigerian online identity. NiRA was proud to receive the dignitaries at the exhibition booth, provided by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA)

The 8th NCCDE was declared open by the Commissioner for Science & Technology, Hon. Ikechukwu Sunday Umeh on behalf of the Executive Governor of Imo State and was presided over by the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, (FNCS, FBCS, FIIM) ably represented by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy  Mr. Musa Fuktur Istifanus.

In attendance were members of the council: Honorable Commissioners and representatives of the State Government, Chief Executives of Agencies and Parastatals in-charge of ICT in the Federal and State levels, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), Members of the Armed Forces and other para-Military Agencies, members of the Organised Private Sector (OPS) and a host of stakeholders. The various stakeholders presented goodwill messages and encouraging words. They also stated areas they want government interventions at both the local, state and federal government levels.

During the Keynote address of the Permanent Secretary,  he said that digital technology will help enhance the socio-economic development of the country by increasing the contribution of ICT to the GDP and that the policy thrusts of the Ministry clearly articulate the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS), the Nigerian National Broadband Plan (2020 – 2025), National Policy for the Promotion of Indigenous Content in the Telecom Sector, National Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship Policy, Policy on virtual engagement in the Public Service, among others.

The Federal Government intends to use digital technologies to enhance national socio-economic development by increasing the contribution of ICT to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

The Council Members approved some memorandums that were brought forward by some state governments for the growth and development of the ICT sector and improvement of services in the government. The council also discussed some security measures and initiatives for the country and needed incentives in some areas for growth of the ICT industry in Nigeria.

The council encouraged Software vendors and companies to increase their presence in major cities in the country thereby increasing access to genuine software products and educating the public on the negative impact of software privacy.

The Council expressed appreciation to His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Imo Hope Uzodinma, and the good people of Imo State for hosting the 8th Meeting of the National Council on Communications & Digital Economy for the hospitality and facilities placed at the disposal of participants.

Finally, the Council tentatively agreed that the 9th Meeting of the National Council on Communications & Digital Economy will hold in one of the North Central States on a date to be decided in 2021