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Denise Williams, Eme Essien, Isabel Neto, Jackie Ugowe, others discuss digital economy for Nigeria  

A World Bank-backed panel discussion on “Nigeria’s digital transformation journey: what will it take?” will be holding on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 from 10.30 am to 12 pm ET MC 4-800.

All are expected to join the high-level conversation on twitter at #NigeriaOnTheMove.

The discussion will feature Denise Williams, President and co-founder of Silicon Valley Nigerian Economic Development (SV-NED), Pablo Fajnzylber, Jackie Ugowe – Expansion Manager, Andela, and Isabel Neto, Senior Digital Development Specialist.

Other speakers on the panel discussion, which will be moderated by Yinka Adegoke, Africa Editor for Quartz, are Siegfried Zottel, Senior Financial Sector Specialist, Foluso Okunmadewa and Eme Essien, Country Director, IFC.

Topics to be discussed include, Digital Economy for Africa (DE4A): Ushering in Nigeria’s Digital Transformation; poverty reduction and social protection; Tackling youth unemployment through the digital economy and Nigeria’s Digital Transformation Journey, what will it take?

There will be questions and answers after the presentations by the Speakers.

Nigeria is considered the biggest economy in Africa, with one of the largest populations of young people in the world. It is well-positioned to develop a strong digital economy which would have a transformational impact on the country, but will it seize this opportunity?

The government of Nigeria recently hosted its first Digital Economy Summit with Jack Ma as Special Guest, and this transition is already being seen as “an absolute necessity.                                                                                                                                                                                                                           But while there is political will, and the country is the largest mobile market in Sub Saharan Africa with a strong mobile broadband infrastructure and a vibrant digital entrepreneurial ecosystem, it is agreed that the country can do a lot more to take full advantage of the digital economy option and the panel discussion is expected to proffer answers as to the way forward.



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