UNGA 78: Minister Tijani Aims to Boost Nigerian Startups with Foreign Investments

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Nigeria’s Minister of Communications, Innovation, and Digital Economy, Bosun Tijani, has revealed the country’s priorities for the 78th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 78), with a focus on technology and innovation partnerships.

In a document titled ‘Driving Nigeria’s Economic Growth through Global Partnerships in Innovation and Technology,’ Minister Tijani outlined his goals for the event.

Firstly, he stressed the need to expand the “Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF) to narrow Nigeria’s digital divide.”

The aim is to establish partnerships that will enhance the USPF’s capacity, enabling the connection of currently underserved and unserved communities in Nigeria.

This move aims to promote inclusivity and ensure that all Nigerians can access the benefits of the digital revolution.

Secondly, Minister Tijani aims to position Nigeria as a leading global hub for AI model training, he said “Nigeria brims with a vibrant pool of talent, potential and innovation. We aspire to put Nigeria on the global map as a premier destination for AI model training. Not only does this promise significant job creation, but it also emphasizes our commitment to enhancing the inclusivity and robustness of AI datasets. We envision capturing the nuances of dark data from the global south, ensuring that AI solutions resonate with a diverse spectrum of lived experiences”

Thirdly, the Minister intends to expedite economic diversification through technology, in line with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s economic diversification agenda, which emphasizes technological applications.

The Federal Ministry of Communications, Innovation, and Digital Economy is seeking partnerships to attract foreign direct investments (FDIs) that will bolster capital inflow into Nigerian startups.

This will strengthen the entrepreneurial landscape and promote sustainable growth.

Minister Tijani views UNGA 78 as an opportunity to collaborate with global leaders and stakeholders in shaping a more inclusive digital future for Nigeria.

It provides a platform to reinforce Nigeria’s international connections, stay abreast of emerging trends, and co-create pathways to enhance the nation’s prosperity.

The 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 78) in New York will host the High-Level General Debate from September 19 to September 23, 2023, under the theme “Rebuilding trust and reigniting global solidarity: Accelerating action on the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals towards peace, prosperity, progress, and sustainability for all.”

Minister Tijani’s participation underscores Nigeria’s dedication to leveraging innovation and technology for economic growth and development.

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