As part of its efforts to foster collaboration and resilience among stakeholders in the telecommunications and technology sector, the Telecommunications and Technology Sustainability Working Group (TTSWG) recently hosted its 2021 webinar for address various national issues that ensure the implementation of sustainable business practices that benefit the sector and the country.
The event brought together key stakeholders and personalities from telecommunications, government, the legal sector, the private sector and the media to discuss industry challenges and ways to achieve sustainable development. The webinar, first held in 2021, will also foster partnerships between governments, business and civil society for a successful sustainability strategy. Based on the theme “Collaboration for a resilient ICT sector”, panelists discussed the opportunities to be gained from strategic partnerships, policy formulation / advocacy, events and programs.
Speaking on the impact of the TTSWG while preparing a business case for sustainability, Bekeme Masade-Olowola, Managing Director of CSR-in-Action, said: “There is a growing interest in sustainability. in the whole world. It also means greater interest for investors, as within sustainability lie the ESG principles that examine how organizations engage their employees, communities, government, businesses and the environment. This is where the intrinsic value of sustainability lies. The ICT sector has presented itself as avant-garde and the TTSWG is propelling its efficiency. ” Panelists for the webinar included Mr. Chris Uwaje, President, Mobile Software Solutions Limited; ‘DeRemi Atanda, Executive Director, SystemSpecs; Eno Udoma-Eniang, Chairman of the Legal and Regulatory Committee of the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON); and Dr (Ms.) Wunmi Hassan, President / CEO, High Tech Center for Women and Youth in Nigeria.
In his address, Eno Udoma-Eniang spoke about the impact of the ICT sector on the growth of other sectors and the need to do more through collaboration. “ICT providers must evolve, reinvent themselves and reposition themselves to move from the status of traditional supplier to that of a basic innovative supplier. There are already a few partnerships that are pushing digital and virtual solutions. We have achieved growth in various sectors including telemedicine, food sustainability, agrotech and payment solutions. We can do more with collaboration, especially in areas such as building smart cities and rural telephony. Operators must know that the sector is stronger and must collaborate for sustainability. ” She said.
Also speaking on the collaboration between government and the private sector, ‘DeRemi Atanda said governance has been challenged during the pandemic, hence the need to collaborate with the ICT sector to thrive. He highlighted the importance of turning conversations into action and the role the TTSWG plays in ensuring development through coopetition. The dimension of partnerships brings government to a platform for growth and this provides an opportunity for the private sector to thrive. This collaboration will further enhance the achievement of sustainability goals, interdependence with policy conversations, advocacy and solutions.
The TTSWG seeks to answer various national questions by mobilizing the human and material capital available to stakeholders in the target sector to ensure sustainable practices that benefit the sector and the country.
Providing an overview of a way forward in the ICT industry, Mr. Chris Uwaje spoke about the importance of refocusing our policy and strategy. The new economy demands awareness of the impact of ICTs. He added that the government should work with the private sectors to ensure collaboration while prescribing a digital museum where young people can learn.
The TTSWG is a collaborative effort to produce joint action among key telecommunications and technology stakeholders through various strategic partnerships, policy formulation / advocacy, events and programs. Some members of the TTSWG include MTN Nigeria, IHS Towers, Main One, Airtel, the National Communications Commission (NCC), ALTON and NITDA.