Gulf Information Technology Exhibition 2013 – in Dubai promises to attract a superlative global audience in the knowledge economy by establishing a Nigerian Pavilion – with assurance of improving the FDI index of the Federal Government. This is made possible through the Consulting expertise of Mr. Akande Ojo of Pinnacle International Consulting of Iowa, USA. Pinnacle Consulting is an international Consultant Company focused on promoting investment in Nigeria as well as providing international business opportunities for Nigerian based companies with the aim of creating Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and increasing the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Nigeria, is working strategically with the Dubai World Trade Center (DWTC) to expose Nigerian companies to the international business community by creating a Nigerian Pavilion at the GITEX Technology Week 2013.
The 5-day event will give participants the opportunity of networking with 25,000+ C-level executives from key progressing industries and becoming part of game-changing ICT trends such as Big Data, Cloud Security, Financial Technology and Digital Strategies. At GITEX, even the highest expectations of first time exhibitors and long-term supporters of the show are surpassed. From tangible deals conducted onsite to new partnerships and future business leads, exhibitor feedback has reinforced GITEX as one of the most influential ICT exhibitions in the world.
Meanwhile, the projected total spend in ICT for 2013 amounts to $3.7 trillion, a 4.2 percent increase from 2012 spending of $3.6 trillion. Africa as an emerging market in ICT – and Nigeria in particular is expected to benefit from this technology market accruals.
Benefits of Nigeria Participation at GITEX 2013.
Two key opportunities Nigerian companies should be taking advantage of are: The ConneXions matchmaking portal: Over 13,000 appointments were made using this tool that allows exhibitors to connect with pre-registered visitors and fellow exhibitors before the event. And the CEO Majlis lounge program: Over 15,000 CEOs, CIOs, CSOs, CTOs congregate in a lounge throughout the 5 days to meet with their customers.
Key Statistics of GITEX
Already considered as the Middle East, Africa and South Asia’s (MEASA) largest and most specialized ICT event which now occupies over 78,000 sqm of space, and saw Infocomm and ITU (International Telecommunication Union) collocate with Pinnacle on 2013. Here are some stats to put things into perspective for Nigerian companies:
· Over US$ 13.5 million worth of PR and advertisement campaign executed in 2012 to maximize on our global reach
· Over 25,000 visitors came from Africa
· Over 20,000 C-Level visitors at the event last year
· US$ 1.2million was the average value per order placed during the event
· 139,530 trade visitors from 144 countries
· 3,576 companies exhibited from 54 countries
· 1,500 delegates attending the 6 industry focused summits, workshops, conferences, and panel debates
· 92% of the exhibitors met their ROI expectations
Some of the new special features expected at GITEX 2013 includes but not limited to:
a) Big Data Conference: This one day conference will be addressing the hottest industry trends associated with the increasing overabundance of global data
b) Cloud Awards: The most established Cloud Conference in the region now has an Awards program celebrating the successes of various end users and key Cloud suppliers
c) Financial Technology Conference: High level conference focused on gathering CFOs – Chief Financial Officers, CIOs- Chief Investment Officers and other industry professionals from Banks, Financial Institutions from across Middle East & Africa
d) Student Labs: A dedicated display area and workshop focused on mentoring and connecting with Undergrad. & Graduate students from various institutions while providing them with a showcase area on their innovative projects covering mobile application and software development.