CISCO to partner FG on digital drive

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The leadership of Cisco Africa Team have called for a collaboration with the federal government on the digital drive in the country.

Speaking at a virtual meeting initiated by Cisco with the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, senior vice president Public Policy and Governmental Affairs for Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia Ms Pastora Valero said the Nigerian digital sector drive has caught global attention.

“We have keenly followed your progress and would very much like to be a part of your vision in driving the sector and are open to partnerships in that regard.”

Senior director Policy and Governmental Affairs, Africa, Charmaine Houvet said “Pantami’s policies were in line with global trends and the potential for development in Nigeria cannot be ignored. The leadership that the minister has brought to bear in the sector is highly commendable and Cisco is willing to be a part of this journey.”

In his response, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) said, “We are championing a paradigm shift in the country leveraging on technology to give preference and priority to proven skills, over paper qualifications. Particularly, digital skills”.

He said the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy pillars two and seven centred around digital societies, emerging technologies, digital literacy and skills with the objective of capacity building through digital skills acquisition.

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