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Osinbajo at Silicon Valley, set to address global technology players

Osinbajo at Silicon Valley, set to address global technology players

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is set to address a global gathering of technology players and lead Nigeria’s roadshow at the Silicon Valley during the week.

A statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, (Office of the Vice President) on Monday, Laolu Akande, said Osinbajo will be leading a public-private sector collaborative investment roadshow to the United States.

Osinbajo, who was accompanied by some tech entrepreneurs in the country, will be speaking to global industry leaders in information technology and entertainment at the Silicon Valley in San Francisco and Hollywood in Los Angeles, California, from Monday, July 9 to Wednesday, July 11, 2018.

According to the statement, Osinbajo will be joined on the investment roadshow by members of the recently inaugurated Advisory Group on Technology and Creativity – an integral part of the National Industrial Policy & Competitiveness Advisory Council – primarily to showcase the continued improvement in Nigeria’s business environment to entrepreneurs, investors and business leaders in both American cities.

Last month, the Vice President had inaugurated the Technology and Creativity Advisory Group established by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2017 as part of efforts to support growth, boost industrial policies and competitiveness in the country’s technology space.

During the trip, Osinbajo will also visit the Headquarters of some leading global technology companies.

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There will also be sessions with investors, Fund Managers and large US technology companies, as well as presentations by the Nigeria Investment Promotion Council (NIPC), the Bank of Industry (BOI), and the Enabling Business Environment Secretariat.

The investment mission is expected to attract Africans in the Diaspora to mentor and support start-ups in Nigeria.

The platform would enable some Nigerian leading start-ups pitch their ideas and products for investment promotion in Nigeria technology and creativity sector by US companies.

“It would also focus on collaboration between Nigerian and US companies in the areas of technology and entertainment, including further cooperation between Nigeria’s film industry, Nollywood, and US Hollywood in the areas of production, distribution and content protection,” the statement read.

The Vice President, who left Nigeria yesterday, will be returning to the country on Thursday, July 12.

 

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