Nigeria To Host 2023 Africa Internet Governance Forum In Abuja


Nigeria will play host to 54 countries and other continental stakeholders at the 2023 Africa Internet Governance Forum (AFIGF) scheduled to hold at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja, from the 18th to 21st September, 2023.

The 12th annual forum themed “Transformation Africa’s Digital Landscape: Empowering Inclusion, Security and Innovation” will be convened by the country through the Nigerian Communication Commission, NCC.

In a statement signed by Reuben Mouka, Director, Public Affairs, NCC, the forum will serve as a platform for meaningful dialogue and collaboration on internet governance among various sectors and regional initiatives to advance digital connectivity, address internet governance challenges, and empower Africa through digital transformation.

“As a crucial gathering of stakeholders and investors in Africa’s digital future, the AfIGF 2023 promises to be a rare assemblage of key stakeholders from government, civil society, academia, the Information, and Communications Technology (ICT) sector, and a broad spectrum of actors in the private sector intentionally rallied to discuss important matters focused on the development, access, and governance of the Internet in Africa.” It read.

“The event will be preceded by the African Youth Internet Governance Forum, which will take place from 13-18 September 2023,” it further revealed.

According to the statement, the forum is structured in a variety of segments, which includes dialogues, workshops, panel sessions, symposia, and roundtables on Digital Inclusion and Connectivity; Cyber Security and Data Protection; Digital Rights and Freedom of Expression; Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Emerging Technologies; E-Commence and Digital Economy; and Data Governance and Trust, among others.

The NCC also noted that the forum will focus on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals in the context of digital literacy and internet access in a manner that can accelerate development for the continent.

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