August 10, 2022

Pantami Chairs WSIS Forum 2022, Calls For High Level Multistakeholder Advisory Council

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Nigeria’s Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Professor Isa Ali Pantami on Tuesday made history as he formally chaired the ongoing World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).

According to a press release on Tuesday 31st May 2022 signed by the spokesperson to the Honourable Minister of Communications & Digital Economy, Uwa Suleiman, she said that the Minister led global economies converging on the headquarters of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) to declare the high-level policy sessions open.

Addressing participants from over one hundred countries, Professor Pantami leveraged this year’s theme titled: ICTs for well-being, Inclusion, and Resilience; WSIS Cooperation for Accelerating Progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to call for more support for technological development through multi-stakeholder engagements, partnerships, and collaborations between institutions and global economies, as it is the enabling tool for global economic prosperity and development.

“There is a need for this forum to constitute a high level multistakeholder advisory council and a multistakeholder implementation committee to ensure that we continue to track and monitor outcomes and engagement post-event.”

Speaking further, Professor Pantami noted that “Today, Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is no longer a choice but a necessity as the world has come to realise particularly during the pandemic, as technology enabled us to continue with our activities and especially the business of governance virtually”.

Using Nigeria as a case study, the Forum Chairman disclosed that “Nigeria exited the recession brought about by the pandemic a year earlier than predicted, ahead of several other countries despite global projections, largely due to the influence of technologies. Available statistics further provide proof that ICT played a principal role in achieving this feat”.

In the last quarter of 2020, the Nigerian ICT sector grew by 14.70% and 12.90% for the whole year, and the sector continues to make quantum leaps as we take advantage of the resources at our disposal to enable economic development. Nigeria’s youthful population with an average age of 18.3 years, coupled with the advantage of having the largest economy on the African continent, positions it strategically to explore digital technologies for optimal growth.”

The forum consists of eleven high-level panel discussions with globally recognized sector experts, policymakers, heads of governments, corporations, and civil society organizations.

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