NIPC’s acting Executive Secretary/CEO, Emeka Offor, has commended the Israeli Government for their engagement in the country’s ICT space through various activities of its embassy in Nigeria.
Offor made this known while receiving the new Israeli Ambassador to Nigeria, Michael Freeman, at the NIPC Headquarters in Abuja.
Late last year, the Israeli Embassy organised the Innovation Fellowship for Aspiring Inventors and Researchers (i-FAIR), a 6-month innovation start-up initiative in partnership with the Office of the Vice President of Nigeria.
This provides needed workspace, equipment and mentoring to participants, to enable them to transform their idea into inventions, innovations into solutions and prototypes, ready for industrial uptake.
“NIPC considers Israel as a strategic partner and is desirous of deepening this partnership, especially in our upcoming stakeholders engagements such as the Direct Investors’ Summit, 2022 (DISN 2022), and Nigerian Conference on Investment for States (NCIS 2022),” Offor said.
The Embassy is desirous of exploring new horizons in the software space, especially in creating high tech hubs in Lagos and subsequently, in Abuja.
Speaking earlier, Freeman said he was on a working visit to reaffirm the Embassy’s relations with the Commission.
He said that the Embassy will continue to deepen Israeli-Nigerian economic and trade relations, especially across sectors where Israel has a comparative advantage.
“Our desire is to add greater value to the Nigerian economic growth, especially where Israel leads and have a comparative advantage,” he said.
Speaking on areas of technology interests, he stressed the need for efficient water management in Agriculture, noting that Israel recycles 86% of its water. “The idea of using minimal water for high agro output is imperative in ensuring food security,” he explained.
He further expressed admiration for the strides Nigeria is making in cyberspace, saying that the Embassy is desirous of exploring new horizons in the software space, especially in creating high tech hubs in Lagos and subsequently in Abuja.