Digital economy critical to post-COVID-19 pandemic —Minister

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By Ogaga Ariemu, Abuja

The Honorable Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami has emphasised the importance of digital economy in the post-COVID-19 pandemic era.

Pantami made this disclosure at the Institute of Information Management 2020 Annual Summit in Abuja.

He reiterated the commitment of the President Muhammadu Buhari, led administration to drive the  digital economy sector with a view to achieving a cohesive and robust information management system in the country.

He was represented by the Director-General/Chief Executive National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Engr. Aliyu Aziz.

The summit was titled: e-Governance, Digital Economy & Records Management; Assessing Government Readiness on Electronic Document Management & Digitization post COVID-19.

He noted that the world is at a threshold of history where data is now the new air and access to reliable and accurate data can help us navigate and tackle the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic and plan for the future.

He further highlighted the achievements of the present administration in the area of, e-Governance solutions in the conduct of government business, digital identity as a key enabler of progress toward sustainable development goals and full participation in the global digital economy.

He informed the members of the Institute of Information Management of the Commission of the National Center for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics which is to pave way accelerated development in the information and Digital Economy sector.

Pantami advanced that the Institute of Information Management would come up with a blue print for a sustainable, holistic approach towards addressing key areas of the summit theme.