Lagos - Stakeholders in the local information and communication technology sector are optimistic the recently-released local content guidelines will boost the growth of the domestic ICT market.
ICT Minister, Omobola Johnson, earlier this week unveiled a new set of ICT guidelines aimed at increasing the scale and scope of the domestic ICT market and facilitate its growth.
The guidelines target 50 percent local content in the local ICT industry, which government believes would enable the local ICT industry to contribute meaningfully towards the achievement of national development targets.
Stakeholders welcomed the guidelines, expressing confidence they would stimulate and increase the production, sales, consumption of high quality information technology products and services.
"This is what we have been clamoring for in this past years. This sector is facing unfair competition from foreign contents and we have often said that if the trend continues, our local players will be out of business very soon. No doubt, these news guidelines are a step in the right direction and we sincerely appreciate what the ICT Ministry has done," said Ekwere Okon, the chief executive officer of Inforsystem, a local ICT firm.
Ekwere noted that if the guidelines were followed firmly, the indigenous ICT market would record significant development.
Lagos-based ICT products manufacturer, Davies Onuah, said the guidelines were timely and long overdue.
"I must say once again, that the ICT Minister has shown her commitment to developing the local ICT industry. The guidelines released by her Ministry are testimony to that and we hope all stakeholders will follow the guidelines," he said.
Onuah however urged the ministry to take further steps to translate the guidelines into policy and law so they could be enforceable.
"The guidelines are a welcome development but we expect the minister to take further steps to include some of those guidelines into enforceable policy and laws. That is the surest way that every stakeholder would abide by it," he said.
– CAJ News