The Federal Government of Nigeria, through the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), organized a one-day stakeholders consultation forum on the National Outsourcing Strategy (NOS) in Abuja to give stakeholders an opportunity to express their views and opinions on the proposed NOS as part of its ongoing efforts to create a just and inclusive society that provides equal opportunity.
Participants from academia, relevant MDAs, ICT-related organizations, government representatives, and other relevant stakeholders in the digital economy sector brainstorm and share ideas to produce a useful discussion.
The Director General of NITDA, Kashifu Inuwa who was represented by the Ag. Director, Digital Economy Department, Engr. Salisu Kaka said that the stakeholder engagement is an avenue where the National Outsourcing Strategy will enable Nigeria to take advantage of the opportunities presented by the global value chain, leveraging its competitive advantages of having the largest youth population in Africa, mature telecoms market, strategic geographic location, and vibrant innovation ecosystem to create millions of jobs.
According to him, the vision of the National Outsourcing Strategy is to make Nigeria a prime global outsourcing destination. To achieve this, 7 strategic pillars have been carefully chosen based on the country’s unique environment and strengths, in line with the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) for a Digital Nigeria.
He noted that the strategy is also in alignment with the National Development Plan and addresses key focus areas of Mr President which are economic diversification, youth employment and security.
“We, in NITDA, call on all stakeholders to support the implementation of the strategy. This, we are confident, will facilitate the development of a resilient and vibrant digital economy”, he noted.
Furthermore, he stated, “as a national strategy, we encourage all stakeholders to cascade this strategy so that we can build a highly competitive market, making Nigeria the prime Global Outsourcing Destination.”
Presenting a paper on the NOS, Dr, Ayodele A. Bakare, Head of the Digital Technology Adaption Unit, NITDA, discussed the summary information about the proposed NOS which includes the rationale, vision, mission, goals and Objectives of the NOS as well as supporting pillars, governance structure, and implementation strategy.
Laying emphasis on the primary objective of the document, he said, “the National Outsourcing Strategy which align with the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy aims to deliver 5 Million Jobs in Nigeria by 2030”.
“To achieve this ambitious target, the strategy is focused on seven critical pillars which include the following: Outsourcing, Infrastructure, Human Capital Development, Trust, Privacy and Security, Branding and Promotion, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and lastly, Finance and Incentives,” he concluded.