The President of the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), Dr Al-Mujtaba Abubakar has said that Nigeria must deepen private sector participation in the making of digital economy policies and programmes to benefit maximally from the booming sector.
Speaking at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Digital Economy policy between the ACCI and the Continental Project Affairs Associates Ltd. (CPAA) in Abuja today, Dr Abubakar said governmental drive within the ICT sector is “a recognition of the digital shift within the economy as ICT’s contribution to the GDP is growing every quarter and the potential of the sector as a job creator is well documented.
In his words, “We note the giant strides the ICT sector has taken under the present administration. We particularly commend the Honourable Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr Ibrahim Pantami on the various initiatives so far introduced.
“With a troubled oil sector and global drive against fossil fuel, the digital economy holds the key especially for a country with a youth dominated demography”, he said.
According to the ACCI Chief, “government’s efforts cannot fully yield desired effect unless the private sector is effectively integrated into the making and implementation of the digital economy policy”.
He further noted that worldwide, the private sector is put on the driver seat to speed up innovation and cost efficient operations of the ever widening sector, adding that designing a digital economy policy without the strong input of the private sector is therefore a serious error.
Responding, the Executive Chairman, CPAA, Amb. Olusegun Olugbile said his group wants a viable relationship in which the business sector will be able to coordinate itself and engage government appropriately in the ongoing task of designing and implementing a robust national digital economy policy, assuring that the strategic plan is designed to harness and articulate private sector perspectives for digital policy dialogue.