Ministry of Science & Technology To Promote New Strategies for Effective Technology Transfer in Software Sub-Sector of the Economy
The Federal Ministry of Science and Technology is set to promote new strategies that will ensure effective technology transfer in the software sub-sector of the Nigerian economy.
Minister of Science and Technology, Prof. Ita Okon Bassey Ewa made this known while declaring open a 2 day National Workshop on Software Licensing and Development organized by the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP) at Westown Hotels Ikeja, Lagos.
Represented by the Director General of the Federal Institute of Industrial Research (FIIRO) Lagos, Dr. (Mrs.) Gloria Elemo, Prof. Bassey Ewa commended NOTAP for organizing the workshop pointing out that it will create the necessary platform for robust interaction and exchange of information and ideas among participants with a view to formulating new policies and strategies aimed at encouraging the development of indigenous software that will power the operational activities of Nigerian business and government organisations.
The Minister applauded President Goodluck Jonathan for paying special attention to the development of the ICT sub-sector in Nigeria by the recent creation of a separate Ministry for Information and Communication Technology.
The Minister expressed confidence that with the caliber of participants and other relevant stakeholders at the workshop, resolutions that will impact positively on government policy for the growth and development of software licensing in Nigeria will emanate.
He said appropriate recommendations from the workshop will be forwarded to the Federal Executive Council for ratification in order to move the sector forward.
Director General of the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP), Dr. Umar Buba Bindir said the Office organized two similar workshops in the past in collaboration with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in which resolutions like the institutionalization of standard fees of Annual Technical Support (ATS), introduction of local vendor ship in software licensing and implementation to encourage the development of indigenous skills and capabilities in software were made.
He said NOTAP through its mandate of registration of technology transfer agreements, evaluates and registers software licensing agreements in the Information and Communications sector of the economy and that from its activities in the sector, the Office observed a trend of influx of all manners of software license agreements into the country which was primarily occasioned by the sudden advancements in automation in global businesses that necessitated e-commerce.
Dr. Bindir stressed that businesses in Nigeria be it the manufacturing, banking services, insurance, hospitality, industries as well as governments got caught up in the web of e-trade which led to massive importation of varied software to drive businesses and a corollary increases in the costs of software acquisition and implementation without the corresponding development in indigenous knowledge and skills to support them.
He said the workshop aims at developing a policy framework that will enable local vendors acquire competent skills to develop local software thereby bringing down the huge cost of foreign software being incurred by Nigerian businesses.
Goodwill messages were presented by the Executive Vice Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Engr. Eugene Juwah represented by Sylvanus Ehikioya, Director New Media and Information Security NCC, Khalid Mukhtar, Director SECTECH United Kingdom, Mrs. Dele Williams, Managing Director Ephraim IT and Mr. Adelowo Adesola, Managing Director Inlaks Computers Ltd. Lagos.
The workshop attracted software licensors and licensees, software professionals, local ICT vendors, policy makers and government regulatory agencies.
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