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Digital Transformation: Inuwa co-chairs Nigeria-US Binational Commission, engages stakeholders on resource sharing, AI, IoTs

Malam Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, Director-General of NITDA (middle) and Mr. Chares Odii, Director-General of Small and Medium Enterprises Developent Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) at the Session Photos: NITDA

*Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, CCIE, Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency, discloses the recent Nigeria-US Binational Commission’s plenary on digital economy and emerging techs focuses on ‘fostering research, private partnerships, and a Joint Plan of Action for digital transformation in the West African country

Gbenga Kayode | ConsumerConnect

Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, CCIE, Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), has commended the United States (US) Mission’s support and the role of the Nigeria-US Binational Commission (BNC) in advancing the Nigeria Digital Economy.

ConsumerConnect reports Inuwa, who stated this noted the strategic engagements with the US Mission and BNC are in line with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s redefined priority area of reforming the Nigerian economy to deliver sustained inclusive growth to the citizenry.

Inuwa (l) and Justin Reynolds, Director for Tech Policy, US Department of State

The Director-General of NITDA co-chaired BNC plenary on Digital Economy and Emerging Technologies with Kurt Campbell, US Deputy Secretary of State.

The Information Technology (IT) sector regulatory agency also disclosed in a blog note that the session, attended by Amb. Yusuf Tuggar, Nigeria’s Honourable Minister for Foreign Affairs, Chief Executive Officers (CEOs), government officials, and private sector representatives, focused on “fostering research, private partnerships, and a Joint Plan of Action for digital transformation in Nigeria.

The agency noted the discussions during the session focused on collaboration strategies, resource sharing, digital literacy programmes, and initiatives on Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoTs), and Blockchain technology.

Inuwa as well applauded the US Mission’s support while stressing the BNC’s role in advancing Nigeria’s digital economy in line with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s “redefined priority area of reforming Nigeria’s economy to deliver sustained inclusive growth.”

Engagement with US Department on tech-driven development, global prosperity

In a related development, Inuwa, NITDA Chief, has met with Justin Reynolds, Director for Tech Policy at the US Department of State.

The agency said the duo further discussed measures to enhance Nigeria-US collaboration on critical technology issues.

Inuwa, during the meeting, emphasised responsible Artificial Intelligence and cyber governance for a safer digital space, and other emerging technologies.

It stated: “This dialogue sets the stage for ongoing partnership in driving technology-driven sustainable development and global prosperity in consonance line with the current administration’s efforts at reforming the country’s economy to deliver sustained inclusive growth.

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