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ICTEL expo focuses on the Business of Technology in Africa

Sola Oyetayo is the President and Chairman of Trade Promotion, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI). In this exclusive interview with Jumoke Akiyode, he talks about the motive of the upcoming Information, Communication Technology and Telecommunications (ICTEL) expo, organised by the LCCI and supported by the Nigerian government to promote and protect the rapid growing business of technology within the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Excerpts.

There have been various technology conferences and exhibitions in Nigeria in the past few years, what makes ICTEL different?

ICTEL focuses more on the business side of Technology . It also touches on areas such as  impact of technology on health , education and more importantly the effects of cyber attack on businesses.

ICTEL 2017 has been expanded this year to not only focus on Nigeria, but the whole of West Africa, why this development?

This is in response to Nigeria’s role in  Business and Trade  within  the ECOWAS Region. It is also in a bid to re-position Nigeria as the major hub of business in the sub-region.

What should participants expect from this year’s edition?

Participants should expect to see an improved show. Both in terms of organisation and content . More companies are exhibiting. The conference will feature Nigeria’s best and finest in ICT industry.

How much has been invested to ensure that ICTEL 2017 is a success and even surpasses achievements made in previous editions?

I would not be able to put an amount to it, but we have invested substantially  both in  terms of human capital and finance .

What has been the impact of this expo on the ICT and telecommunications industry since the introduction of ICTEL expo three years ago?

Introduction of new Products to the Nigerian Tech market. The most significant impact is that  new start-ups are being identified and assisted to take their innovations to the next level.

What do you expect to change with this year’s conversation?

It is our expectation to have huge participation both from the private and public sectors of the Nigerian economy. The conference is going to be engaging, new products would be unveiled.

Who are the confirmed exhibitors and speakers, what were the criteria used in selecting these speakers?

We are expecting to have both honorable Ministers of Communication and Science and Technology , Lagos State Commissioners for Science and Technology and Health, NCC EVC, DG NITDA , Presidents of ICT related Associations. Also, Sir Demola Aladekomo is to deliver the keynote address. You can check details from our website: www.ictelexpo.com.ng

What were the challenges faced in organising such a huge expo, especially at a time when the country is just recovering from economic recession?

Its challenging but with good planning and God on our side we would able  to surmount those  challenges.

Have you been able to secure both international and local sponsors/partners, if so please tell us who they are?

Yes.MAIN ONE, SAMSUNG, IBM, HP, VODACOM,RACK CENTRE, AFRIONE,NCC,NIRA,ATCON,ALTON,NCS and a host of media Organisations including BusinessDay.

ICTEL is supported by government agencies such as NCC, NITDA, Ministry of Science & technology and the Ministry of communications, all of which are decision making bodies responsible for development in the ICT and telecommunications industry.  Have they responded to issues raised in previous ICTEL expos? If so, what difference has their participation and support made?

They have always been supportive,but you know some need policy or legislative changes and you know the bureaucracy in government circles but by large they are responding and there have been  improvements in critical areas.

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