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Jonathan to attend telecom forum in Dubai

19 September 2012, 09:18

Abuja - President Goodluck Jonathan is expected to attend the 2012 International Telecommunication Union (ITU) forum holding in Dubai, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) said on Tuesday.

A statement signed by Dr Eugene Juwah, NCC chief executive, said the President would lead a Nigerian delegation to the ITU forum holding from Oct. 14 to Oct. 18.

Juwah said the President would be a special guest at the Nigeria pavilion where he would also meet with global ICT leaders and investors.

According to the NCC boss, the forum, being organised by Geneva-based international telecommunications regulator, prides itself as the biggest ICT forum that brings together regulators, investors, operators, vendors, innovators, academia, youths and professionals.

''Nigeria is billed to showcase investment and market opportunities for broadband, whose campaign began at last year’s forum.

 ''The Minister of Communication Technology, Mrs Omobola Johnson, and Juwah led the delegation that received commendations from the Secretary General of the ITU, Dr Hamadoun Toure, last year.’’

He said the President would use the occasion to assure the international community of Nigeria’s readiness to protect investments and promote competition in the spirit of deregulation and private sector participation.

Juwah said space would be provided for public and private institutions to showcase their potentials to the world.

``We want to tell potential investors that Nigeria remains the preferred investment destination in Africa;  we will also explain to the investors the areas that still need their attention since we have sizeable progress in voice telephony.’’

Juwah added that with more than 100 million lines in voice revolution, broadband technology remained the next major frontier to consolidate the country's position as the biggest telecoms market on the continent.



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