The Information Technology Association of Nigeria (ITAN) is partnering with US based Pinnacle International Consulting, LLC, to organize the first Nigerian Pavilion at GITEX Technology Week holding October 20-24 this year inside the Dubai World Trade Center, UAE.

GITEX Technology is the premier Technology event in the Middle East and south East Asia (MEASA), which now occupies over 78,000 sqm of space, and saw Infocomm and ITU (International Telecommunication Union) collocate with it in 2012.

More than 150, 000 trade visitors and exhibitors from 144 countries attended Gitex 2012 which recorded over 25,000 visitors from Africa. Over 20,000 C-Level visitors at the event last year; $1,2million was the average value per order placed during the event and 92% of the exhibitors met their ROI expectations.

The Nigerian Pavilion at the GITEX Technology Week, 2013 has been conceived with the aim of further promoting Nigerian ICT companies to ultimately explore mutually beneficial partnerships that will advance the cause of the country’s ICT sector with prospects of boosting the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) inflow into the country.

The Nigerian Pavilion will be drawing high level participation from among federal and state governments; private companies and other stakeholders geared at further promoting ‘Brand Nigeria’ to the international investing community.

“We at ITAN are proud to promote Nigerian creativity and entrepreneurship to the outside world. We believe this platform will further join government’s efforts at showcasing our local content and also help the industry to position itself for offshore investment more so that Gitex is one of the biggest ICT tradeshows on the globe. To have a Nigerian Pavilion showcasing Nigeria’s own ICT efforts is an opportunity all stakeholders must be committed to,” said President of ITAN, Mrs. Florence Seriki in Lagos. Seriki is also the Group Managing Director of Omatek Computer Ventures Plc.

ITAN is an association of over 350 Information Technology driven companies in Nigeria. ”Nigeria has got the potential to lead the African region in the area of ICT. Every window to showcase its drive and in-country opportunity must be used to invite investment and partnerships that will improve its local capacity,” said Mr. Akande Ojo, CEO of Pinnacle International.

Pinnacle which is based in Iowa, USA with presence in Nigeria, Dubai, specializes in promoting investment in Nigeria as well as aligning financial and International business opportunity linkages for Nigeria-based companies with the aim of creating Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and increasing the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Nigeria. Pinnacle is being represented on the Gitex Project in Nigeria by its media partner and advisors: Knowhow Media International, owners of IT Edge News and www.itedgenews.com.
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