- Veröffentlicht: 07. Juni 2020
The National Information Technology Development Agency has unveiled the draft national outsourcing strategy for Nigeria.
The draft strategy was unveiled on Thursday during an online workshop.
The Director-General of NITDA, Mr Kashifu Inuwa, said the strategy would ensure effective implementation of the national digital economy policy and strategy of the Federal Government.
It is said to be in line with the Nigerian National Outsourcing Policy launched in 2007.
The global business process outsourcing market is estimated to be worth $221.5bn, with a compound annual growth rate of eight per cent from 2020 to 2027.
Inuwa noted that the COVID-19 pandemic had forced organisations to cut cost by leveraging the benefits of outsourcing for some business processes.
According to him, the development enables the businesses to focus on core competencies.
He said, “Business process outsourcing offers services such as administration, supply chain management, sales, paralegal, marketing and customer care services.
“Players in the business compete by providing reliable and cost-effective services across industries and sectors such as government, healthcare, manufacturing, IT and telecommunications.
“NITDA embarks on this journey to accelerate digital economy and transformation targeted at creating over a million jobs in Nigeria by 2025.”
Inuwa added that the strategy was in line with the Federal Government’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, as well as the planned digitisation of government services.
The strategy focuses on seven pillars, including development of infrastructure, skill and human capital, branding and promotion, digital finance and incentives.
Others are innovation and entrepreneurship, trust, privacy and security, as well as multi-stakeholder governance engagement.
Urging the stakeholders to work with the agency, Inuwa said, “We have our competitive edge in the market; but to create and capture value in the global market, we need to own this strategy and make it easier to implement by all.”
Deputy Director, e-Government Development and Regulations Department, Mr Ben Ewah, said the strategy was designed as a response to COVID-19 pandemic.
He explained that the strategy would target the onshore and offshore outsourcing markets and promote local, foreign direct investments in digital outsourcing infrastructure development.
“The outsourcing strategy will develop an export-oriented digital product and service industry with improved funding of research and development,” he said.
Ewah added that the strategy was aimed at developing a globally competitive information technology-enabled services sector in Nigeria.
According to him, NITDA intends to transform Nigeria into a global digital outsourcing hub.
Autor(en)/Author(s): Ihuoma Chiedozie
Quelle/Source: The Punch, 31.05.2020