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ITU: Nigerian Minister joins Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship Alliance Board

Dr. ’Bosun Tijani, Nigeria's Honourable Minister for Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy Photo: Bosun Tijani/LinkedIn

*Dr. ’Bosun Tijani, Minister for Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy, joins 17 other eminent industry professionals to provide strategic guidance, expertise and advocacy to activate the goals and vision of the Geneva-based International Telecommunication Union’s Digital Innovation Board of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Alliance for Digital Development

Gbenga Kayode | ConsumerConnect

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), based in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, February 5, 2024, announced the appointment of Dr. ’Bosun Tijani, Nigeria’s Honourable Minister for Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy, to the Digital Innovation Board of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Alliance for Digital Development around the world.

ConsumerConnect reports the alliance was setup to bridge the global digital innovation divide and to support ITU members as they work towards an equitable digital future.

Dr. Tijani now joins 17 other eminent individuals, who have all been nominated in their personal capacity and based on their track record in innovation.

The appointees will provide strategic guidance, expertise and advocacy for the alliance’s goals and vision, stated the Minister in a recent blogpost.

Also speaking on the activities of the Alliance, Dr. Cosmas Luckyson Zavazava, Director of Telecommunication Development Bureau at ITU, stated: “Together, we can create a more inclusive and equitable digital future for all.”

As regards the overarching goal of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Alliance for Digital Development, the Director noted the BDT and ITU-D Membership “need new, more resilient, and forward-thinking approaches to guarantee they can safely navigate a digital world that is increasingly Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous (VUCA) and achieve outcomes of the Kigali Action Plan.

The new Innovation and Entrepreneurship Alliance for Digital Development initiated by the BDT Director will build critical local enablers to lead in the changing digital environment.

“It will also enable BDT to develop new organizational and human excellence capabilities, deliver new products and services for ITU Membership and strengthen the engagement of the private sector and academia in the critical work of BDT,” stated Zavazava.

For global and local relevance, the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Alliance for Digital Development is equally expected to building innovation capacity at global and local levels.

The Ditrector further disclosed the Alliance would help to strengthen countries’ capabilities “to integrate ICT innovation into national development agendas and build human and institutional capabilities at the country level where it is most relevant and sustainable.”

According him, the Alliance will operationalise the needed capabilities through three main vehicles, including a Digital Transformation Lab, a Network of Acceleration Centres, and a Digital Innovation Board.

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