Nigeria would be aiming to re-enact the outstanding performance it displayed at the last International Telecommunications Union, ITU Telecom World in Busan, South Korea as it prepares for this year’s ITU Telecom world scheduled to hold in Durban, South Africa from September 10-13.
As part of the preparations for the global telecom showpiece, the Nigerian Communications Commission is inviting stakeholders, industry players and Small medium-sized enterprises, SMEs from public and private sectors to join the country’s delegation as a means to generate new ideas and solutions towards ensuring a uniquely inclusive international platform.
In a statement by NCC’s Director, Public Affairs, Mr. Tony Ojobo, participation is expected from SMEs operating in such areas as e-Environment, Entrepreneurship, Youth Empowerment/Employment, e-Finance, Innovators, e-Commerce, e-Health, e-Education, Innovation, Incubators, Technology and Hubs.
The statement also specified the criteria to be met by selected SMEs/Innovators to include the following;
• The tech enabled solution must be creative, innovative and globally relevant.
• The product/service must provide demonstrable impact or radical improvement in service delivery or processes to a specific area such as agriculture, education, health, governance, security, and so on.
• SME’s product/service needs to currently be in use with proven evidence of marketability and sustainability
• The SME must be registered and in existence for over a year with a sustainable business plan
• Innovation must be unique, scalable, patented and have a model to showcase
• This invitation is also open to tech-empowered SME hubs, aggregators and managers who are welcome to submit entries on behalf of SMEs.