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atconATCON & ITAN Statement at the signing of a
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for exchange of itaninformation
for the benefit of the emerging ICT Industry

On Friday August 13, 2010

Summary

What this MOU means is that each of the parties in the alliance will forward a copy of an input it has already made to government to the other parties for information only. The purpose is to enhance understanding and minimize discordance in the different input from which governments base their decisions. That is to say the independence and the right of content of opinion on input to governance are retained for every party involved. It shall be possible for any other association to come into the alliance if it so pleases provided every party involved in the alliance is so agreeable.

1.      Background

The Internet Protocol (IP) enabled convergence of hitherto disparate services for telephony, broadcasting, computing, communications, postal services etc has transformed the multi-polar world into a uni-polar world now referred to as a global village. The apparent global transformation has affected the way we live, play, study, work and particularly does business. Entities once thought to exist in silos are now driven by a common thread called the Internet.

Telecommunications and Information Technology have witnessed the most robust interplay in recent times due to IP. While the interplay has already invented words like Information – Communication Technology (ICT), it has also engendered new businesses and government entities. Ready references to entities such as ICT sector, ICT industry, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, The New Media Ministry etc are now common in all leading nations of the world.

Appreciating the profitable economy of scale of ICT in all ramifications, the Information Technology (Industry) Association of Nigeria (ITAN) and the Association of Telecommunication Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) have decided to establish an Alliance to share information for the overall benefit of the industry and Nigeria as a whole. This is to say that ITAN, ATCON and NIG keep themselves aware of the input that each makes into and to complement governance.

2.      Goal

The general goal of the alliance is to forge a seamless focus as advocacy groups to influence critical government policies at all levels with regard to the ICT industry with minimal discordance.


3.      Objective

The objective is:

  • To facilitate the need for governments to receive a common voice from advocates of the emerging ICT industry in Nigeria.

4.      Benefits

  • Improved industry base for the ICT industry
  • Accelerated development of the sector due to synergy and coordination of efforts towards one goal capable of leading to development and creation of business for members
  • Increased political reckoning for the industry
  • Fast-tracked public policy articulation and effectiveness
  • Promotion of critical industry confidence desirous for accelerated attainment of MDGs and the Vision 20-2020.

5.      Common Statements and Advisories

  • That ICT adoption in all ramifications in Nigeria remains the critical success factor for the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Nigeria’s Vision 20-2020
  • That the Federal Government of Nigeria in view of the above brings under one Ministry all its ICT agencies and commissions for optimal service delivery for the citizens.
  • That as a way of promoting transparency and staying the course in Nigeria’s critical and strategic development programmes, the Federal Government should setup sectoral  International Advisory Panel of renown experts to serve in articulating its plans.
  • That a unified database to serve national identity, drivers licences, voting, social security should be pursued as this is a sine qua non to an orderly delivery of services to the citizens both on the medium and long term.
Kenneth Omeruo
Omeruo Ndukaku Kenneth is an Innovation Management expert,the CEO of Emerging Media,a new media company.He is a member of ISPIM - International Society for Professional Innovation Management and the US-Africa chamber of Commerce.He is the Founder of TechTrends Nigeria Blog,Nigeria Innovation Summit and the African Innovation Academy.Kenneth is a highly sought-after Internet Marketing Consultant who has through his seminars, articles, training and consulting, helped many organizations, Individuals, Businesses maximize the Internet for business purposes.Kenneth has also being featured as a guest on the TV show TODAY ON STV Nigeria and on Bloomberg Africa TV.He is the author of the best –selling Internet Book: How To Create Unlimited Internet Wealth. He is a syndicated columnist with the following Newspapers in Nigeria: Daily Independent, Financial Standard, PUNCH, BusinessDay, and Sun.Kenneth organises the EduNet Conference for Universities in Nigeria. Kenneth is a member of Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria( ISPON ) Roundtable For Capacity Development in Nigeria,member pre-selection committee for Nigeria at the UN World Summit Awards,a Panelist for Youth Enterprise With Innovation in Nigeria(YouWIN)-a Federal government initiative created by the ministry of finance,supported by ministries of Communications Technology,Youth Development,Worldbank and DFID. A 2013 Judge at the Google Cloud Developers Challenge for Sub Saharan Africa.He has been a contributing editor of Nigeria Communications Week,Africa Telecom and IT Business Magazine,ICT Today magazine,M2 magazine.Kenneth has been invited to the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation Forum, Oracle Open World Conference USA, Oracle Cloud World Dubai, and GITEX Dubai. He now lives in New York with his family and presently working on an Open Innovation project for Nigeria. You can contact Kenneth through email: (kenneth (at)techtrendsng.com) Facebook:www.facebook.com/Kenneth.omeruo On Twitter:www.twitter.com/kennethomeruo Skpe:Kenneth.Omeruo

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