Nigeria’s Minister for Communications and Digital Economy Dr. Isa Ali Pantami has called for the reboot of the country’s ecosystem with digital technology in order to survive the present regressive economic outlook as a result of Covid-19 disruption.
The Minister stated this recently at the 2nd edition of the Re-Ignite Public Affairs National Dialogue Series held in partnership with Businessday Media. “Since the global lockdown earlier in the year, digital commerce has become the most efficient growth area providing the world new ways of doing things as encapsulated in the ‘New Normal’ pseudo phrase”, Dr. Pantami disclosed.
With the theme “Nigeria at 60 – Rebooting Nigeria’s economy the way forward”, the Honorable Minister who was represented by his Technical Assistant on Info-Tech, Dr. Olufemi Adeluyi, highlighted the National digital economy policy and strategy which would help move the Nigerian economy sector forward. He stated that the policy is hinged on 8 pillars which includes: the developmental regulation pillar, digital literacy and skills pillar, solid infrastructure pillar, service infrastructure pillar, digital services development and promotion pillar, soft infrastructure pillar, digital society and emerging technology pillar, indigenous content development and adoption pillar.
In conclusion he said the Nigerian economy needs a soft rebooting which can only be achieved through an economy driven by digital technology.
The program had other eminent members of faculty selected from among tech, creative, oil and gas, financial and digital experts and entrepreneurs who provided perspectives on why the government should create enabling policy environment for business enterprises to thrive within the digital space.