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Nigeria Firms Up GITEX Presence With 20 Exhibitors

Posted: Sep 3, 2015 at 3:36 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) is firming up the country’s participation in the 2015 Gulf Information Technology Exhibition (GITEX) holding this October in Dubai with about 20 companies and organisations selected to participate in the Nigerian Pavilion.

The exhibitors include public and private enterprises notably ICT startups for which the NITDA is hinging its 2015 participation in the 2015 GITEX Expo and Conference which usually attracts over 145,000 participants from about 120 countries.

In a GITEX Prep Forum that held recently in Abuja, the Director General of NITDA, Mr. Peter Jack, said Nigeria would leverage on the theme of this year’s event ‘The Internet Future of Everything’, to promote some of its budding innovators who have created solutions with strong market or commercial values. The innovators cut across sectors across the retail industry, agriculture, education, security, Oil&Gas, and health care.

“We want to ensure promotion of local start-ups, projection of the country’s vast and untapped Information Technology potential, organisation of Nigeria’s IT Investment Forum within the Nigerian Pavilion as well as distribution of IT intelligence material from Nigeria to the rest of the world at GITEX,” said Mr. Jack.

He stated this while addressing participants that included: heads of government agencies, industry associations and corporate institutions including the Executive Secretary and Chief Executive, Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC), Mrs. Uju Aisha Hassan-Baba, President of the Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), Mr. Lanre Ajayi, and Mr. Demola Aladekomo, CEO of Chams Plc.

“GITEX is not about you buying space or setting up as an exhibitor or trade visitor, the question is whether you think it’s time to take your business global. Business has to be both local and global, that is where GITEX can help you leverage on its global networks to build interest in your enterprise and also to endear foreign partners to your business,” said Commercial Director at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), Mr. Bilal Al Rais.  The DWTC are the organisers of GITEX.

Nigeria was the Country Partner for GITEX 2014 and first debuted at the 35 years old event in 2013.  The NITDA, Nigeria’s IT clearinghouse, is facilitating the country’s participation through the DWTC partnering organisations: Pinnacle International Consulting LLC and Knowhow Media International (KMI). The exhibiting companies include: the NITDA, Nigerian Communication Satellite (NIGCOMSAT) Limited, Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC), the Nigerian Communications Commission  (NCC) and the Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), a professional, non-profit, non-political umbrella organisation of all telecommunications companies of Nigeria.

Others are Nigeria’s first indigenous computer company, Data Sciences Nigeria Limited;  indigenous software development company, Precise Financial Systems (PFS) Limited; system developers and system integrators, Sidmach Technologies Nigeria Limited; and Sasware, an investment subsidiary of Signal Alliance that provides seed fund for technology and technology-enabled start-ups and those in their growth phase among others.

The startups list features: Hutbay, a real estate solution developed to help consumers make smart real estate decisions throughout the full lifecycle of owning and living in a home. Hutbay is a listing platform that connects with local agents, movers, estate owners, customers and mortgage marketplace; Verge, Software as a Service (SaaS) retail management solution for multi-store retailers. Verge helps clients identify critical cash leakages in the business as well as other operational inefficiencies and recommend steps to mitigate them by connecting and analysing critical business data across outlets; and,  an e-Commerce and logistics solutions provider for pharmacies and hospitals. With medrep hospitals and pharmacists can procure drugs, medical equipment and consumables from multiple manufacturers and distributors.

Other startups on the Nigerian startup list for GITEX 2015 include: Blubird which was designed and developed with the sole aim of providing African business owners (small and medium enterprises) an affordable and easy to use retail management platform to effectively manage their inventory, sales, supplier and customers through an all-in-one platform (software + hardware) that is energy independent.

The startup list also has Truppr, a social startup that provides a platform for a vibrant community of fitness enthusiasts to connect with events and people around them to help make regular exercise a lifestyle. It is a one-stop-shop for finding and booking sport venues in cities around the world.

Others are the marketplace is an online platform which simplifies the experience of intending home owners so they can buy any housing product, from trusted sellers, at best prices, and free delivery.

The Foodstantly, is a Mobile-Web Marketplace for Food. It enables restaurants; fast food, caterers, farmers and food vendors set up shop and sell online to millions of customers as well as facilitate delivery to customers.