Abuja, Feb. 14, 2022, The European Union (EU), under its Gateway Initiative, has disclosed plans to invest about 820 million Euros in the Nigerian digital economy sectors over the next three years.
The Executive Vice President of the EU, Mrs. Margre Vestager, disclosed this in a statement signed by Mrs. Uwa Suleiman, Spokesperson to the Minister on Monday in Abuja.
Vestager, who was on a working visit, enumerated the union’s intervention in the sector to include: digital infrastructure investments, digitalization of public services, digital entrepreneurship, digital skills, and digital governance.
She extolled the good leadership style of the minister and noted that the need for stronger partnerships had brought global attention to the country’s digital economy sector.
“Nigeria has immense potential for digitalization. And with a combination of 160 million Euros in grants and 660 million Euros in loans, the EU aims to support Nigeria’s digitalization strategy comprehensively,” she said.
In his response, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Pantami, expressed delight and appreciation for the intervention and reiterated the Federal Government’s willingness to partner with the European Union.
Pantami emphasized digital entrepreneurship and its immense impacts on the nation’s economy.
The minister further informed the delegation that Nigeria hoped to achieve a paperless office by 2030, which was already on track.
“Africa has always looked up to Europe in the area of technological advancements, and this partnership is a welcome development that will project the digitalization aspirations of our country.
“This partnership with regards to digital entrepreneurship will address the challenge of unemployment and non- employability alongside the Nigeria Startup Bill, which also aims to address a myriad of issues within the ecosystem.
“The European Union intervention aligns with the Nigeria Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS),” he said.