Over 300 delegates are expected at this year’s Nigeria Diaspora ICT Conference (NiDICT) holding in Detroit, United States, starting today.

A statement by Olusegun Ohimeh Oruame, NiDICT Coordinator, Nigeria, said the three-day technology conference, which brings together top ICT experts and entrepreneurs from Nigeria, Canada and the USA, is part of the global events designed to commemorate Nigeria’s centenary celebration from 1914.  NiDICT is a private initiative with strong public sector support. 

The NiDICT (www.nidict.org) is holding with the support of the High Commission of Nigeria in Canada under the patronage of His Excellency, Chief Ojo Maduekwe (CFR); and the Nigeria Embassy in the United States of America, under His Excellency Professor Adebowale Ibidapo Adefuye - Chief Host for NiDICT 2014; the Consulate General of Nigeria, New York; under His Excellency Honorable Habib Baba Habu and Consulate General of Nigeria, Atlanta under His Excellency Ambassador Geoffrey Teneilabe. 

The inaugural event with the theme ‘Engaging the Diaspora to Build a Sustainable Telecom Sector' is also drawing support of host city Detroit under the auspices of the Office of the Mayor of Detroit, Mr. Mike Duggan and enjoys the support of the Detroit Black Chamber of Commerce. The three day event is slated to hold from June 25-27 at the Doubletree Suites, Hilton Hotel, Detroit.

“The Conference is designed as part of Nigeria’s Centenary Celebration to boost developmental/fraternal business relationships in the areas of ICT amongst Nigerians in Canada, USA and Nigeria. More than 20 million Nigerians are in Diaspora and this community boasts of some of the brightest brains in the world contributing to the growth of their host nations. As Nigeria faces another 100 years ahead being the largest economy on the continent, NiDICT is designed to help harness these diverse skill sets and build a strategic force in the area of ICT for the development of our country: Nigeria,” said Akande Ojo, president of Pinnacle LLC and NiDICT Coordinator in the USA. 

Apart from its profound diplomatic support, NiDICT is drawing high level participation from top decision makers in government and the private sector, entrepreneurs, professional associations, chambers of commerce, angel investors and fund drivers, and leading lights in ICT across the three countries to provide and share insight on business, technology and development. The event already has the confirmed participation of delegations from the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and Galaxy Backbone Limited.

Plenary themes and workshops within the conference include: Infrastructures – Mobile/Satellite Communications Telecommunications; Power/Energy; Regulations/Policies – Right Frameworks for Creating & Expanding Markets and Courting Investors; Human Capital Development –Frameworks for Developing and Harnessing Human Capital Development; Knowledge/Skill Transfer; IT Local Content – Building and Promoting Local Content: Viewpoints from Home and Abroad; Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property Rights –Challenges and Right Approaches: Perspectives from the Public and Private Sectors; Technology and the New Nigeria: Harnessing Data for National Identity and National Planning and Security and the Use of Technology: ICT and Security in Nigeria. 

“This is a commendable gathering of stakeholders in Nigeria, USA and Canada interested in exploring opportunities, fostering trust and building partnerships in the ever growing ICT sector,” said of the High Commission of Nigeria in Canada under the patronage of His Excellency, Chief Ojo Maduekwe (CFR). 

NiDICT offers a veritable platform to identify unique Need Areas for Investment, Collaborations and other Interventions in Nigeria’s economy and also offers an exchange point for ideas. It has the support of Nigeria USA Chamber of Commerce (NUSACC), the Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce and the African American Chamber of Commerce among others. In Nigeria it is partnering with the Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) and Information Technology Association of Nigeria (ITAN) among others. Its Nigeria’s coordinator is Knowhow Media International, publishers of IT Edge News. 

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