US moves to make Anambra tech destination in Nigeria


By Juliet Umeh


Soon, Anambra State may become the technology hub of Nigeria if all the strategies between the American and Anambra State governments are anything to go by.

Currently, the two governments are already exploring avenues for collaboration to foster technological partnerships for the growth of the state.

Recently, the Governor of Anambra, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo with his team met with the US Consul-General, William Stevens in Lagos.

The meeting provided an opportunity to enhance strategic partnerships for economic development and the exchange of technologies, fostering shared prosperity between Anambra State, its tech companies, and their counterparts in the United States.

The Anambra delegation seized the opportunity to present the state’s tech developmental strides as well as the strategic plan of the government to build an Anambra where the tech ecosystem thrives.

While highlighting the key initiatives driving tech revolutions within the state, Special Adviser to the Anambra government on ICT, Chukwuemeka Agbata, underscored the Governor’s commitment to establishing Anambra as a thriving hub for digital transformation and innovation.

The US high-tech companies participating in the discussions expressed eagerness to support Anambra State in diverse capacities, one of which include: Robust support for the State’s Digital Health and Education Transformation initiatives pledged by Amazon Web Services and technical support and offer of substantial discounts for future devices purchased in the state by Dell and HP.

Meta also pledged to deepen their collaboration in Anambra through partners such as IGHub and Fate Foundation, while Google expressed enthusiasm to pilot several initiatives and explore opportunities to enhance the digital presence of SMEs in Anambra, thereby contributing to increased digital footprints.

Noteworthy, however, is the understanding that these commitments are preliminary and subject to further discussions and finetuning, by both the Anambra State Government and these tech industry giants, towards translating these commitments into impactful projects that will bring about lasting positive change for the people of Anambra.

This strategic alliance signals a significant milestone in Anambra State’s journey towards becoming a technology-driven hub and aligns seamlessly with Mr. Governor’s commitment to his vision to transform Anambra State into the digital and creative capital of Nigeria. The partnerships forged with these leading industry giants, no doubt, are poised to catalyze innovation, economic growth, and societal development within the state.

Governor Soludo, in his remarks, expressed gratitude for the willingness of the US companies to support Anambra’s technological advancement, emphasizing the state’s commitment under his watch, to creating a conducive environment for collaboration and a thriving ecosystem for innovation.

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