The Lagos Chamber fo Commerce and Industry (LCCI) has unveiled its theme for the 2019 Information, Communication Technology and Telecommunication (ICTEL).
President, LCCI, Mr. Babatunde Paul Ruwase, said that the theme for this year’s edition of ICTEL Expo, is “Fourth Industrial Revolution: The Nigerian Story” describing it as apt in three reasons.
According to him. one of the focus is that its appropriate and timely and not just because its contemporary.
“But because Africa and indeed Nigeria seemed to be slow in coming to terms with the far-reaching implications of the fourth industrial revolution,” he declared.
Ruwase also said that the second reasons for the theme has to do with providing another great opportunity to influence national discourse on the culture of enterprise in Nigeria from an ICT positive perspective.
ICTEL Expo 2019, he equally said, provides aspiring entrepreneurs, Tech Startups and thousands of unemployed and under employed Nigerians yet another unique opportunity for an enriching learning experience, capacity building, mentoring, connecting with investors and employees of labour and listening to life-changing accounts from different stakeholders.
On the third reasons, Ruwase pointed out that ICTEL Expo offers great impact on policy initiatives and advocacy, especially in the ICT space.
He urged governments at all levels to rise up to the challenges of increasing technological revolution if the dream for a truly great nation must be realised.
Chairman, Specialised Exhibition Committee of the Trade Promotion Board at LCCI, Engr. Leye Kupoluyi, said that they have the mandate to foster an enabling environment for businesses, hence they identified technology-driven updates and innovations as critical success factors for entrepreneurship development and sustainable businesses.
This, he said, was why the Chamber has been providing a platform for the government, regulatory agencies and other stakeholders in the ICTEL industries to learn, interact and share experiences.
Welcoming guests to the media launch, chairman, Trade Promotion Board Mr. Gabriel Idahosa, revealed that the 2019 ICTEL Expo will hold for two days between July 16 and 17 at the Landmark Event Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos, underscoring the fact that developed countries are investing heavily in fourth industrial revolutions, therefore Africa and Nigeria precisely si far behind.
Africa, he equally said, is at great risk of being left far behind by the fourth industrial revolution.
“Nigeria with its position in Africa and population of its youths, needs to brace up. Technology is reshaping our world in an unimaginable manner with massive use of robots, bio-technology, artificial intelligence and related technologies,” he said.