The digital space in Nigeria will get a boost as a result of the collaboration of the country’s relationship China; this was by the Vice Resident Kashim Shettima. The V.P. further reiterated to member nations of the Belt and Road Initiative of Nigeria the country’s commitment to “collaborate with the group and other emerging markets to bring about a positive shift in the growth and development of global economies.”
The V.P. through his spokesman, Stanley Nkwocha, made all these revelations at his keynote speech named, “Digital Economy As A New Source Of Growth”, spoken in Beijing, China at the the High-Level Forum at the ongoing 3rd Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation.
Kashim Shettima said, “We are keen on using the instrumentality of the existing robust Nigeria-China bilateral relations to maximally key into projects under the platform of the Digital Silk Road for the improvement of our digital space.”
The V.P. added, with regards to the country’s effort in tapping into the digital space in creating job opportunities and diversifying the economy, that “Nigeria has recorded a number of achievements including a digitalized public service, developed banking and e-payment systems, electoral reforms through the introduction of the electronic registration of voters and e-transmission of votes, thus creating ripple effects of job creation and human capacity building opportunities for our teeming youth population.
He further explained that, “We have recently unveiled the new strategic blueprint, accelerating our collective prosperity through technology, as part of the Federal Government’s initiative to accelerate the diversification of the Nigerian economy by enhancing productivity in critical sectors through technological innovation.”
He concluded by saying “Through this strategic blueprint, the Federal Government aims to achieve three key objectives namely: Accelerate the growth of Nigeria as a global technical talent hub and net exporter of talent. One of the goals of this talent hub is to train three million early to mid-career technical talents throughout the next four years (2022-2027); Deepen and accelerate its position in global research in key technology areas; and Raise the complexity and dynamics of Nigeria’s economy by significantly increasing the level of digital literacy across the country.”