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Diamond Bank partners MTN, VISA, Microsoft, NIBSS, Others to unveil TECH FEST

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L – R: Ope Olaniran, Business Group Director, Microsoft; Emezino Afiegbe, Country Manager, Nigeria, Visa; Uzoma Dozie, Chief Executive Officer, Diamond Bank PLC; Barbara Anozia, General Manager, Enterprise Business Unit, MTN; Niyi Ajao, Executive Director, Business Development, NIBSS; Deji Awokoya, General Manager, Beat FM; Yemi Saka, West Africa Consulting Leader, Deloitte and Touche, at the unveiling of Tech Fest at Diamond Bank Plc head office in Lagos recently

Nigeria’s technology space is set to witness a game-changing experiential platform with the unveiling of Tech Fest by Diamond Bank Plc in partnership with MTN, Visa, Microsoft, NIBSS, Deloitte and Touche, Interswitch and Beat FM.

 

Scheduled for Tuesday, 15 and Wednesday, 16 May 2018 at the Landmark event Centre, Oniru, Lagos, Tech Fest will feature the best talent in the Nigerian technology space – one of the country’s fastest growing sectors.

 

The event will showcase technological solutions for businesses, connect technology providers with new markets and provide access-to-market opportunities for tech start-ups amongst others.

 

Uzoma Dozie, Chief Executive Officer, Diamond Bank, Speaking at the official unveiling of the event, stated, “Tech Fest for me, is a platform that we can share with our customers to help them get the best of technology and to partner together to run better businesses.

 

“If there is one thing we have learned at Diamond, it is that you can’t do everything on your own and you need to collaborate if you are going to win and be the best at what you do”.

 

Emezino Afiegbe, Country Director, VISA, expressed his company’s excitement to partner with Tech Fest.

 

In his words, “We are happy to collaborate with reputable firms like Diamond, MTN and others to make Tech Fest a success.

 

“We are here to provide support to retail customers and consumers to make payment seamlessly, securely and as quick as possible.

 

“We believe that if they can make payment quickly and safely, we are sure that GDP will grow for not just the country but also prosperity in the region.

“It all starts here and we are happy to be part of this journey as we go into the future”.

 

Telecoms giant, MTN through its General Manager, Enterprise Business Unit, Barbara Anozia, told newsmen at the event that MTN’s vision is to offer customers a whole new digital world and make their lives brighter using technology to help them grow and this informs their decision to partner with Tech Fest.

 

Commenting on what to expect from Deloitte and Touche at Tech Fest, the company’s West Africa Consulting Leader, Yemi Saka said, “We at Deloitte and Touche understand that business advisory is a key aspect of the entire value chain of any entrepreneurial venture.

 

“So, we are bringing to the table a global perspective, innovation and exponential technologies that we are working on as we seek to engage with a wider ecosystem”.

 

Tomi Ogunlesi, Corporate Brand Manager, Interswitch expressed appreciation as one of the partners of Tech Fest. “I call it TECHFEST 2018 because we believe the conversation will be sustained.

 

”Essentially for us at Interswitch, it is about curiosity, collaboration and co-creation. We are happy to work with Diamond Bank and other partners to make this happen,” he stated.

 

The event also featured partners like Microsoft, Beat FM and NIBSS who affirmed that Tech Fest will provide opportunities for SMEs and young tech entrepreneurs to network and meet sponsors, financiers and partners that will help them grow their businesses.

Tech Fest is open to all who want to connect, collaborate and co-create new ideas that solve real problems for Nigeria.

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MTN Plans $500m IPO- SEC

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Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has confirmed that MTN Group had finally commenced discussions with the commission on its proposed 500 million dollars Initial Public Offering (IPO).

 

A senior management staff of SEC who pleaded anonymity told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that MTN had commenced discussion with the commission on the IPO.

 

The source told NAN that although talks were ongoing, the company was yet to formally file its application for the IPO

 

SEC would remain committed to the development of the nation’s capital market and listing of more multinationals.

 

Another source at the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), who declined to be mentioned, also told NAN that the NSE had not yet received an official filing from the company, while there were reports recently that MTN Group Ltd. was perfecting plans to raise about 500 million dollars from the sale of shares in its Nigerian business in the first half of 2018.

 

Standard Bank Group Ltd. and Citigroup Inc. had been advising MTN on the disposal of as much as 30 per cent of its Nigerian unit on the NSE.

 

However, MTN had agreed to list the Nigerian unit as part of June 2016 agreement to pay one billion dollars fine for missing a deadline to disconnect unregistered subscribers amid a security crackdown.

 

NAN reports that MTN recently appointed a Nigerian investment firm, Chapel Hill Denham, as lead manager for the planned sale of 500 million dollars shares in its Nigerian business during the first half of this year.

 

It also appointed South Africa’s Rand Merchant Bank, Renaissance Capital and Vetiva Capital as joint issuers to the offer.

 

The telecoms firm also appointed seven placement agents that would help market the shares.

 

 

 

 

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CTO Appoints Gisa Fuatai Purcell as Director of ICT Development

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Gisa Fuatai Purcell, a national of Samoa has been appointed as Director of ICT Development Department of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO). The Director of ICT Development, who reports to the Secretary-General is responsible for overall strategic direction of the operational divisions of Capacity Development, Events and Technical Support and Consultancy.

 

“I am delighted to announce the appointment of Ms Purcell. In addition to her impressive personal qualities, Gisa brings to the job a wealth of relevant experience in the ICT development sector spanning about 25 years, as well as excellent experience in dealing with decision makers at the highest level. I look forward to working closely with her,” said Shola Taylor, Secretary-General, who made the announcement today following a merit based internationally advertised recruitment process.

 

Gisa is the first woman to have been appointed to this top role at the CTO. She has served as the regional advisor to CTO for the South Pacific since July 2016 and before then as the Head of the International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU) Division on ICT development in least developed countries, small island development states, and landlocked developed countries with responsibilities for climate change adaption and disaster risk reduction and emergency telecommunication. She successfully managed many projects around the world including early warning systems using different types of technologies and supporting the development of enabling policies and regulations.

 

At the national level, Gisa was recruited by the Prime Minister of Samoa while she worked in New Zealand (2003) to help develop Samoa’s first national ICT policy in which the priority project was liberalizing the mobile market.

 

Her work resulted in Samoa being the first Pacific Island country to have launched and implemented a national ICT policy (2005) and the first Pacific Island country to have liberalized its mobile market (2006) promoting sale of mobile phones and competition among mobile companies that brought down the cost of phone calls per minute.

 

Through the ITU project, Gisa was instrumental in enabling the Government of Samoa to tackle cybercrime in the revised Crimes Act 2013.

 

Honourable Afamasaga Rico Tupa’i, Minister of Communications and Information and Technology of Samoa stated, “I am proud of Samoa having one of her daughters continue raising Samoa’s flag in telecommunication and ICT development at the international level. Gisa has been instrumental to the development of ICT in Samoa, within the Pacific and at the global level through her work with the ITU. Well done Gisa, I am very proud of you” Gisa has a Master of Commerce and Administration from Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand.

 

“I am very humbled with this appointment and I thank the CTO management and Executive Committee for their confidence in me” says Mrs Purcell, adding, “I will take on this job with humility, honesty and praise God for his blessings and guidance. I thank my husband Lautafi Fio Selafi Purcell for his unwavering support, and my children for reminding me I am a woman, a mother and grandmother contributing towards the betterment of mankind”

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NCC says National Roaming will End Rural-urban Digital Divide

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) said yesterday national roaming and active Infrastructure Sharing in Nigeria would end rural-urban digital divide.

Prof. Umar Danbatta, NCC Executive Vice-Chairman, stated this at a stakeholders’ forum on “Development of Framework for National Roaming and Active Infrastructure Sharing in Nigeria’’ held at Digital Bridge Institute, Lagos.

Danbatta, who was represented by the Director, Spectrum Administration, Engr. Austin Nwaulunne, said national roaming had the potential of promoting seamless communication of subscribers.

According to him, subscribers will be able to roam on the network of other service providers where their own service provider is unavailable or has limited network coverage.

“The benefits of encouraging active infrastructure sharing can also not be overemphasized.

“Not only will there be noticeable reduction in network deployment costs, the industry will also witness acceleration in the take-up of broadband services and gradual elimination of the rural-urban digital divide,’’ he said.

Danbatta said NCC was committed toward ensuring the continued growth and development of the telecoms industry.

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