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Achievements of 3rd INDO AFRICA ICT EXPO 2017

The vision of a knowledge based society is built on an edifice where IT and Telecommunications merge. Rapid technological convergence has already established a symbiotic relationship between the development strategies of IT and telecommunications. IT flourishes on the telecom-network and in turn permits modern day telecommunications to use sophisticated IT-software.
Africa is among the fastest growing markets worldwide! Improving macroeconomic indicators, conducive business environment, larger, younger & more affluent population, rising middle class – all are strong indicators of not only a source of capital but also of job creation, skills development, technology transfer, infrastructure development, responsible governance and most of all – sustained growth that eventually will lead to transformation of African economies!
India has proven its capabilities in the ICT Sector and is acknowledged as a preferred destination for telecom products & services and telecom technology transfer of products designed through R&D for requirements of developing world. Given the large domestic demand for telecom equipments in India, the companies through innovation and R&D are creating world class products for India as well as for other emerging markets including Africa.

Achievements of 3rd INDO AFRICA ICT EXPO 2017


Africa – An overview
The progress and potential of African economies focused new attention on Africa’s accelerating economic growth, including its dynamic business sector and its expanding consumer market.Since then, the continent’s progress has continued, and its growth rates are now among the highest in the world.

The ICT sector has proven to be a strong driver of GDP growth in nations across the world. The ICT sector has contributed to the success of every nation’s economies,the advancement of its people’s skills and capabilities and positioning the nation as a place for global firms to more efficiently do business. The ICT sector is socially and economically relevant to Africa in that it has been the major economic driver in Sub-Saharan Africa over the past decade.Although mobile and internet penetration remains comparatively low in Africa, never before in the history f the continent has the population been as connected as it is today.Information and communication technologies (ICTs) have the potential to transform business and government in Africa,driving entrepreneurship, innovation and economic growth.

Only 16 percent of the population is online, and the Internet’s contribution to GDP is half that in other emerging regions. But it is just the beginning.A majority of urban Africans own Internet-capable devices, go online regularly, and visit social networking sites. Many countries have rolled out 3G networks, and planned infrastructure investments are likely to increase bandwidth, reduce costs, and connect new corners of the continent. If governments and the private sector continue to build the right foundations, the internet could transform sectors as diverse as agriculture, retail, and health care—and contribute as much as $300 billion a year to Africa’s GDP by 2025.

Evidence of what is to come can already be seen in Africa’s major cities, where consumers have disposable income, more than half have Internet-capable devices, and 3G networks are up and running. There is a growing wave of innovation as entrepreneurs and large corporations alike launch Web-based ventures, from e-commerce sites and digital entertainment platforms to mobile health technologies and online educational content. Governments have placed Internet-driven growth firmly on the agenda: Rwanda, Morocco, and Nigeria, for example, have ambitious plans to expand high-speed Internet access to most of their populations.

India is becoming an increasingly important economic partner for African countries.Its ties with Africa can be traced to a strong, shared history based on the principles of South–South cooperation, people-to-people linkages and common development challenges. Bilateral trade was worth $24 billion in 2015-16 and Indian exports to the African continent are expected to grow to $70 billion by 2021-22. India has been able to intensify its presence in African countries through a significant line a credit worth $10 billion for development projects in Africa over a five-year period. The importance of India as Africa’s preferred and bilateral trade partner was ratified when India hosted the India-Africa Cooperation session being held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the African Development Bank (AfDB).This is the first time that the African Development Bank held its annual meeting outside of the African continent.

The Continent has huge unmet ICT demand and Governments and businesses that were apprehensive till some time back have realized the potential of ICT and are willing to invest in this sector, setting in motion a number of key trends that is reshaping the economic landscape in Africa.

The opportunities in Africa, have been on fast track, with huge business potential arising in segments such as products and services related to mobility, security solutions, e-commerce, micro site development, and billing and enterprise solutions. Huge needs in areas of e-Governance, Education, Security, Healthcare and across private sectors are driving demand for ICT in Africa and other key verticals include BFSI, tourism, telecom, healthcare, education and capacity building.

The requirements in Africa offer huge opportunities for Indian companies, especially the SMEs to explore the region for growth and business. Since it is a developing market, the SMEs cannot only influence the market but also create or carve out a market according to their service offerings. Following are the opportunities that are present for SME sector.

Opportunities present for SME sector

The requirements in Africa offer huge opportunities for Indian companies, especially the SMEs to explore the region for growth and business. Since it is a developing market, the SMEs cannot only influence the market but also create or carve out a market according to their service offerings. Following are the opportunities that are present for SME sector.

  • Unified communications, conferencing, and telepresence
  • Systems integration, application customization, and consulting services
  • Telecom services, IP-VPN, and enterprise data networks
  • Managed, cloud, datacentre, hosting, and colocation services
  • Smart Cities
  • Enterprise application software (ERP, CRM, and SCM)
  • Big data analytics
  • Machine-to-machine services
  • Internet of things
  • Technology adoption trends by vertical market
  • The monetization of 4G and broadband
  • Design and user interface development
  • Remote delivery of services (education and healthcare)
  • Linking mobile payment solutions to commerce
  • Content generation
  • Software development
  • Opportunity to improve regional integration and technology

The First Outing in Nigeria
The theme for the Indo-Africa ICT Expo & Summit, which was “Digital Vision of Developing Nations,“ aptly captured and underscored the important mission that the TEPC has set out to achieve, that is a critical role to further telecom export from India and assist Indian member companies in easy facilitation of their respective exports especially to Nigeria and other African nations. Although TEPC has staged an Indian Pavilion at W.Afri.Tel 2007 with Indian telecom players in Lagos, this is the first independent organised outing of TEPC in Lagos, Nigeria on a Mission in support of African Digital connectivity and the event stands out by itself.

Successful Outing
As a first outing on a stand-alone basis with a brand of its own, the event was a huge success, from all the feedback and comments we have been receiving, especially against the background that work for the hosting the event began with not much time on the hands of the organisers. Usually, events organised with off-shore hosts such as this one, requires at least seven to nine months to pull the sort of success recorded in this one. Yet, despite the short time, and in spite of initial hiccups due largely to misunderstanding on the part of some supporting associations, the matters were resolved with our own help and understanding of our environment.

Event Objective
To reiterate the relationship and commitment between India and the African countries, the third edition of the Indo Africa ICT Expo 2017 was organized in Lagos, Nigeria on 6th and 7th September 2017 at Eko Hotel &Suites. The event was organized by TEPC with NASSCOM as its co-organizer and ITAN Nigeria, ALTON Nigeria, ATCON Nigeria were our supporting partners. The event was supported by Department of Telecom and Department of Commerce, Government of India.

Enhance Indian trade and investment flows

The Indo Africa ICT Expo is focused to enhance Indian trade and investment flows from/to Africa.

  • The India ICT Show 2017 is intended to:
  • A world class conference & Trade Show
  • Showcasing the new products & technology of Indian Companies
  • Facilitate B2B meetings for the Indian companies to meet the buyers from the region
  • Open dialogue between and create a platform of interaction for African officials and the private sector and their counterparts in India
  • To discuss the upcoming trends in the ever evolving ICT Sourcing market.
  • Continue and be the ideal platform for decision-makers and business leaders to interact and do business
  • The perfect stage to present delegates with a better understanding of the opportunities present in Africa, a richer picture of its business and investment climate

Objective of the Event

The Indo Africa ICT Expo was designed to provide the platform to bring together over 200to 300 companies from India and Africa for the conference and exhibition. With an objective to:

  • The India ICT Show 2018 is intended to:
    • To determine future directions of the Information Technology and Telecom sector and to address critical issues within African markets.
    • To establish a platform in Africa where supply & demand is met in the entire gamut of IT & Telecom
    • To establish strategic partnerships among key players of the ICT ecosystem
    • To provide wider opportunities for Indian and African companies to stand out with their distinctive products through exhibition and networking activities
    • To establish the presence of Indian brands in Africa’s fastest growing markets
    • To engage with high-quality leads and build long-lasting relationships with leaders and potential investors in the market features
    • To provide source for the latest industry -specific technologies and innovations to