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PROF. PANTAMI LECTURES NDC COURSE 30 PARTICIPANTS
Super User Written by November 22, 2021
In the capacity of a Guest Speaker, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) today lectured participants of the National Defence College (NDC) Course 30 on "Digital Economy and Human Security in Nigeria: The Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy in Perspective".
 
The lecture delivered to the participants drawn from 17 countries from Africa, Asia and Nigeria is part of implementation of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy for a Digital Nigeria.
 
The NDC is the highest military institution in Nigeria for the training of selected senior military officers, the Nigeria Police Force and senior civil servants from strategic Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the Federal Government for higher responsibilities. It also trains officers from allied countries.
 
 
Source: Mr Yusuf Abubakar, Personal Assistant (New Media) to The Honourable Minister
22nd November 2021
PANTAMI DELIVERS GUEST LECTURE AT ICCAIT 2021
Super User Written by November 15, 2021
Nigeria's Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, FNCS, FBCS, FIIM, today, Monday 15th November 2021, delivered the Guest Lecture at the 2021 International Conference on Computing and Advances in Information Technology (ICCAIT). organised by the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria. The Guest Speaker shared from his wealth of experience dissecting the topic “ICT as an Enabler for the Digital Economy: The Nigerian Story”.
 
In his presentation, the Honourable Minister illustrated the importance of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in improving the resilience of the Nigerian economy, while reiterating the importance of cybersecurity in developing a sustainable digital economy and the giant strides made in Nigeria. He noted that the adoption and deployment of ICT contributes significantly to economic growth and development because it drives innovation, improves quality of life, creates jobs and reduces the cost in many sectors of the economy, allowing for greater interconnection of global markets Countries are now able to create new technological platforms and industries on one hand, while enhancing the efficiency and productivity of existing industries on the other. Technologies such as Internet of Things, Cloud Computing, Robotics, 3D printing, Block Chain, Artificial Intelligence to mention a few, have the potential to act as impact amplifiers, challenging traditional approaches of going about ‘age old problems’ in sectors such as agriculture, financial services, healthcare, education, water, and energy.
 
Furthermore, the Guest Speaker noted that the emergence, adoption and deployment of ICT has shifted the traditional economy into a digitalized one – that is the Digital Economy - and this has led to economic prosperity around the world. Nigeria's commitment to developing its digital economy is expected to open up opporunities in Africa's digital economy, which McKinsey estimates will grow to over $300 billion by 2025.
 
The Honourable Minister noted the impact of the COVID-19 on enhancing digitilisation while also increasing the need for greater vigilance against the growing cyber threats. He also outlined some of the efforts of the Federal Government towards improving cybersecurity in Nigeria, including the implementation of relevant policies, the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy for a Digital Nigeria and the Revised National Digital Economy Policy for SIM Registration. The efforts towards the promotion of sectoral Computer Emergency Readiness & Response Teams (CERRTs) and the focus on Data and Privacy Protection were also discussed.
 
The Conference was graced by the the top management of the Ahmadu Bello University and experts in the ICT sector. The Honourable Minister, while thanking the organisers for organising the Conference reiterated the Federal Government’s commitment to strengthening the digital economy and cybersecurity in the country through policy implementation, capacity building and forging relevant partnerships.
 
 
Uwa Suleiman
Spokesperson to the Honourable Minister.
15th of November 2021
MINISTER PANTAMI MAKES TECHNICAL PRESENTATION AT HIGH-LEVEL EVENT IN PARIS, FRANCE
Super User Written by November 10, 2021
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) today made a technical presentation at the Nigeria International Partnership Forum (NIPF), a high-level event to accompany and strengthen Nigeria’s participation in the Paris Peace Forum.
 
The Minister also partook in a panel session along with the National Security Adviser of Nigeria, Major Gen. Babagana Munguno (Rt), the Special Envoy to Chad and the Lake Chad Basin Region, Ambassador Babagana Kingibe and the Commissioner of Peace and Security of the African Union, Ambassador Bankole Adeoye,
 
The panelists discussed Initiatives of Combating Persistent and Emerging Threats to National Security (including Cybersecurity) and Regional Stability.
 
 
Source: Mr Yusuf Abubakar, Personal Assistant (New Media) to The Honourable Minister
10th November 2021
CHINA SEEKS PARTNERSHIP WITH NIGERIA ON DIGITAL ECONOMY
Super User Written by November 04, 2021
The current leadership of Nigeria’s Digital Economy sector has continued to attract global attention as foreign investors seek partnerships with the Federal Government in that regard. The People’s Republic of China today, 4th November 2021, expressed interest in long term partnerships and collaborations with the Nigerian Digital Economy sector. This position was made known by the country’s Ambassador to Nigeria, His Excellency Cui Jianchun, on an official visit to the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Professor Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami).
 
The Ambassador disclosed that China was willing to explore the five Ts which he categorised as technology transfer (salt exchange), talent cultivation, treasure capitalisation, technology application and tradition transcendence with Nigeria as the two countries have similarities in talent and strength of numbers which can be adequately explored, to build the right synergy for economic development . Mr Jianchun informed Professor Pantami that China is currently prioritising its development goals in the areas of politics, economy, security, agriculture, culture and tourism.
 
He urged the Minister to consider all the avenues of cooperation between the two countries.
 
In his response, Professor Pantami assured the Chinese Ambassador of the country’s willingness to build mutually beneficial relationships and consolidate on existing partnerships. He also presented a copy of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) to the Ambassador with a view to partnering with China in the areas listed in the Policy.
 
 
 
Uwa Suleiman
Spokesperson to the Honourable Minister
4th November 2021
MINISTER PANTAMI RECEIVES KOICA REPRESENTATIVE
Super User Written by October 14, 2021
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) received in audience, the representative of the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) on a working visit.
 
The KOICA rep was at the Communications and Digital Economy Complex, Abuja to brief the Minister on;
 
1. Status update on the eGovt Phase 2 project;
2. Notify the Minister of the visit of the Vice President of KOICA; and
3. Inform the Minister of the intention of Cameroonian delegation, led by the Minister of Public service and administrative reform to come for a study visit to Nigeria.
 
 
Source: Mr Yusuf Abubakar, Personal Assistant (New Media) to The Honourable Minister
14th October 2021
NIGERIA STARTUP BILL: PANTAMI ADDRESSES STAKEHOLDERS
Super User Written by October 14, 2021
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) today delivered the keynote address at the Nigeria Startup Bill National Stakeholders Roundtable, a Pre-Summit event of the 27th Nigerian Economic Summit (NES) which was held virtually.
 
The Minister, Prof Pantami in his address appreciated the leadership of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) for the invitation to participate in the gathering aimed at creating an enabling environment for innovation to thrive in Nigeria.
 
Minister Pantami further stressed the importance of partnership between the private and public sectors towards the development of Nigeria's Economy.
 
Prof Pantami also reiterated the importance of developing Nigeria's Startup Ecosystem, describing startups as the key drivers of economic growth.
 
"As the Minister responsible for the Communications and Digital Economy sector, I am committed to fulfilling Mr President's vision of creating an enabling environment that supports the development and growth of tech-enabled businesses", Pantami said. Adding that Such Innovation Driven Enterprises (IDEs) have created so much economic value across the world that they are now gaining a lot of attention and many countries have begun to actively promote IDEs.
 
 
Source: Mr Yusuf Abubakar, Personal Assistant (New Media) to The Honourable Minister
14th October 2021
PANTAMI SPEAKS AT INDIA STARTUP WEEK
Super User Written by October 07, 2021
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami (Prof of Cybersecurity) today participated virtually in the India StartUp Week organized by the Indian Chamber of Commerce.
 
The Minister, Prof Pantami participated from the India High Commission in Nigeria.
 
In his remarks, Minister Pantami informed the gathering about the promising talents that are readily available in Nigeria with a youthful population that are Digital Natives and so much inclined to digital technology.
 
The Minister called for enhanced collaboration between India and Nigeria with a view of having a win-win relationship between both countries.
 
 
Source: Mr Yusuf Abubakar, Personal Assistant (New Media) to The Honourable Minister
7th October 2021
PANTAMI ADVOCATES RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT AMONG SECURITY INSTITUTIONS, ENCOURAGES THE USE OF 5G AS A TOOL FOR ENHANCING SECURITY
Super User Written by September 28, 2021
The Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Professor Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) has called on security institutions in the country to take advantage of the new 5th Generation (5G) network recently approved for deployment by the Federal Government and leverage its potential to effectively tackle security challenges. The Minister made the call today, Tuesday September 28th 2021, while delivering the keynote address at a security summit organised by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Abuja, themed; Synergy: Panacea To Effective Critical Assets and Infrastructure Protection.
 
Professor Pantami in his presentation titled; Securing Critical National Information and Communication Technology Infrastructure: Challenges, Opportunities and the Way Forward, disclosed that the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy has implemented a number of strategies and policies through its Agencies and Parastatals to ensure that Critical National Assets are protected. “As part of our efforts to ensure the protection of Critical National Assets, we are working with the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) to come up with an Executive Order to ensure that our Critical National Assets, particularly in the ICT sector are well protected.”
 
There is a Computer Emergency Readiness and Response Team (CERRT) domiciled in NITDA, an ngCERRT in the Office of the National Security Adviser and another one established at the Nigerian Communications Commission which will be commissioned on Thursday 30th September 2021. In order to promote Research and Development in this regard, we have established a National Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (NCAIR), the first of its kind in Africa, where young Nigerians are mentored, innovative and disruptive ideas are identified and supported towards the development of technologies which we will deploy as part of protecting our CNI.
 
In his recommendations, the Minister advocated for the sensitisation of citizens and a re-orientation approach to entrench the role of citizens in protecting national assets among the populace. He also canvassed for a multi-sectoral approach to ensure the protection of Critical National Infrastructure by deploying modern technological gadgets, as well as emerging technologies like Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Internet of Things, Virtual Reality etc that will make our work much easier through remote surveillance. He urged the Summit to consider Research and Development as a viable tool for improving security in the country.
 
 
Uwa Suleiman
Spokesperson To The Honourable Minister
28th September 2021
MINISTER PANTAMI DELIVERS PRESIDENT BUHARI'S MESSAGE AT 3RD NATIONAL ID DAY COMMEMERATION
Super User Written by September 16, 2021
The representative of His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) delivered the remarks of Mr President during the 3rd National Identity Day with the theme: Identity, a tool for sustainable Digital Economy and National Security.
 
His Excellency, President Buhari;
1. Commended the effort of all Stakeholders in the Digital Economy Sector;
2. Urged all Stakeholders to redouble their efforts and commitments to having a harmonized National Identity Database for Nigeria;
3. Reiterated the importance of National Identity as a tool for Sustainable National Development;
4. Called for an enhanced synergy between the various data collection institutions such as the National Population Commission and National Identity Management Commission;
5. Commended NIMC on its enhanced efficiency within the last 11 months under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy; and
6. Launched and unveiled 3 indigenous innovative solutions developed to enhance Digital Identity enrollment in Nigeria.
 
The solutions include (s)
A. Improved NIMC MobileID Application
B. Tokenization Solution
C. Contactless Enrolment Solution
 
 
Source: Mr Yusuf Abubakar, Personal Assistant (New Media) to The Honourable Minister
16th September 2021
ORACLE APPRECIATES MINISTER PANTAMI
Super User Written by September 13, 2021
Oracle, a multinational computer technology corporation has formally appreciated the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) for the leadership role he played in getting an Oracle Universal License approved by the Federal Executive Council of Nigeria.
 
The Oracle team described the move as a positive step in the right direction for a Digital Nigeria which will reduce government expenditure on licenses, improve efficiency in the management of licenses and aid interoperability among various MDAs patronizing their services in Nigeria.
 
The Oracle team made this known today during a virtual meeting with the Honourable Minister which was attended by Cherian Varghese, Senior Vice President, Middle East and Africa License Leader; Abiy Yeshitla, Cloud Leader for the Middle East and Africa; Avinash Ramtohul, Technology Sales Consulting leader for Africa Operations; Ahmed Adley, Cloud Presales for the Middle East and Africa; Segun Ajayi, Nigeria Country Leader; Uzoma Ekwebelem, Cloud Country Leader for Nigeria and Zainab Olulana, Technology Sales Director for Public Sector (Nigeria).
 
The team also introduced its executive management to the Honourable Minister and further informed him of its proposed plan to support the Nigerian National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy for a Digital Nigeria.
The proposed plan of Oracle includes; the establishment of an Oracle Academy; Oracle University; Oracle for StartUps; Oracle Cloud; Digital Infrastructures; support for Digital Services and Emerging Technology.
 
 
 
Source: Mr Yusuf Abubakar, Personal Assistant (New Media) to The Honourable Minister
13th September 2021