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Digital Economy: Danbatta, Ndiaye hoist Senegal’s flag at WATRA Secretariat in Abuja

L-R: Engr. Aliyu Yusuf Aboki, Executive Secretary, West Africa Telecommunications Regulators Assembly (WATRA); Amb. Babacar Matar Ndiaye, Ambassador of the Republic of Senegal to Nigeria; and Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice-Chairman/CEO of NCC and Chairman of WATRA Photo: NCC

*Hoisting the flag of Senegal marks demonstration of cooperation and cohesion by WATRA member states on commitment to harnessing ICT resources to improve quality of life of consumers in the sub-region, says Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice-Chairman and CEO of Nigerian Communications Commission

*Babacar Matar Ndiaye, Senegalese Ambassador to Nigeria, commends the Nigerian Government for hosting WATRA Secretariat

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

In advancing the digital economy as a means of promoting investments, jobs and growth in the sub-region, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (EVC/CEO) of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has joined His Excellency, Babacar Matar Ndiaye, Ambassador of the Republic of Senegal to Nigeria, to hoist the flag of Senegal at the Secretariat of West Africa Telecommunications Regulators Assembly (WATRA).

The telecoms sector regulatory in the West African country said the event of historical significance held Thursday, September 16, 2021, in Maitama, Abuja, FCT.

Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, Director of Public Affairs at NCC, in a statement stated Prof. Danbatta, who is also the Chairman of Executive Council of WATRA, said that the event was of such profound significance.

Senegalese flag

The NCC EVC/CEO, who noted that the event transcended the physical hoisting of the flag, stated that “it symbolises the cohesion taking place in WATRA” while giving concrete and louder expression to collaboration, cooperation among members states of the regional telecoms regulatory body.

According to Danbatta, the increasing demonstration of cooperation and cohesion by WATRA member states signifies unflinching commitment to harnessing ICT resources to improve the quality of life of the people of the sub-region, noting that ICT remains an enabler for bridging the gaps in the pathway to development.

The statement further said Ambassador Ndiaye, who is Senegal’s Permanent Representative to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), in strengthening Danbatta’s position, also described the ceremony as a happy occasion.

The diplomat stated it was gratifying to gather at the WATRA Secretariat in Abuja, to hoist the flag of Senegal alongside those of other member states of the regional body.

Senegal has never relented in making remarkable contributions to ECOWAS and other regional bodies, said he.

The Senegalese Ambassador to Nigeria indicated his country’s readiness to work within the political and economic framework of ECOWAS to streamline challenges facing regulators like WATRA.

Ambassador Ndiaye further noted that among the key challenges regulators face are the emergent Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), the convergence of networks and applications, imperative of infrastructure sharing and increasing needs of telecoms consumers, dynamics of financial services, and electronic commerce in general. The telecom regulator is central to the acceleration of growth in other sectors of the economy and therefore occupies a significant place in the socioeconomic space, Ndiaye said.

The diplomat looked forward to continued collaboration to address the myriads of challenges in the telecom sector, as he noted that the outbreak of COVID-19 and the envisioned post-COVID-19 relations have compounded the challenges of telecoms regulation.

The Senegalese envoy took the opportunity at the forum to convey the gratitude of the Government and People of Senegal to the Federal Government of Nigeria for hosting WATRA.

He as well thanked the NCC for the support it has continued to offer WATRA, and for promoting greater cooperation among member states towards harnessing the benefits of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Earlier in his welcome address on the occasion, Aliyu Yusuf Aboki, Executive Secretary of West Africa Telecommunications Regulators Assembly, had expressed delight at having the Ambassador and the Chairman of WATRA at the flag presentation and hoisting ceremony.

Aboki noted that the presence of the duo underscored the importance that “policymakers and political authorities in Africa attach to the digital economy as a means of promoting investment, jobs and growth”.

According to WATRA Executive Secretary, the meeting also signifies the sub-regional determination to work together in order to improve telecommunications regulations in a manner that enables “operators and investors to deliver more affordable, higher quality and more innovative services” to the people of West Africa.

Aboki recalled the rare strides made by the Government of Senegal in promoting digital economy amplified the voice of Ndiaye by expressing the gratitude of the 16-member countries of WATRA to the Nigerian Government, which has continued to support “the Assembly and for hosting WATRA” through the NCC.

WATRA is made up of ECOWAS member states and Mauritania, the statement said.

The hoisting of the flag of member states of WATRA at the Secretariat, an initiative of the Danbatta-led Executive Council, commenced after the last Annual General Meeting (AGM), where Aboki and Danbatta emerged as Executive Secretary and Chairman of the Executive Council respectively.

The 13-member states had their respective flags hoisted during the AGM while Mauritania later sent a representative to perform the flag hoisting ceremony, the Commission noted. The NCC added with Senegal’s symbolic presentation of its flag and hoisting last Thursday, WATRA looks forward very excitedly to The Republic of Ghana to present and hoist its flag soon, in order to complete that process to further consummate the bonding among members of the Assembly.

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