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The Nigerian government has disclosed its readiness to partner the European Union to create a digital single market in Africa’s most populous nation.
This was made known in a statement by the Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, on Tuesday.
The statement stated that the minister spoke during a meeting with officials of EU and commended the commission for choosing Nigeria as its first point of call to discuss the creation of Digital Single Market in Africa.
It added that the size of Nigeria made it the most lucrative investment destination in Sub-Sahara Africa.
Shittu noted that the collaboration was timely and called for more collaborative efforts as the ministry strives to implement its ICT strategic roadmap, e-Government and Mobile Broadband Plan.
He also pledged the ministry’s support for the initiative to diversify the economy by leveraging on ICT as its benefits could not be over-emphasised.
On his part, the EU Vice President/Commissioner on Digital Single market, Andrus Ansip, stated in the statement that, “Nigeria is in a good position to benefit from global trade through the export of ICTs.’’
He added that the collaboration would strengthen the cordial relationship between the country and the EU.
Ansip listed the benefits of the collaboration to include the creation of jobs, improved access to digital goods and services and a level market place to buy and sell among others.