The National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) has been developed in line with the Presidential directives that were given to the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy on assumption of office. Digital technologies are transforming every aspect of our lives and the NDEPS will enable Nigeria to take advantage of them in order to become a leading player in the global digital economy.
Our desire to fast-track the development of our digital economy informed the decision to rename the Ministry of Communications to the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy. This expanded the Ministry’s schedule to include the Digital Economy mandate and the development of our digital economy will facilitate the diversification of the economy. We are committed to the diversification of the economy and digital technologies will provide an important catalyst for this.
The pillars of the NDEPS have been carefully selected to include all the key aspects that Nigeria needs to focus on in order to actively participate in the global digital economy. Special consideration has also been given to our areas of strength and comparative advantage as a country. Nigerians are highly innovative and a thriving digital economy will create employment opportunities for our teeming population and support in lifting millions of Nigerians out of poverty. Furthermore, a digital economy will accelerate the attainment of our key objectives of improving security, reducing corruption and expanding the economy.
It is to this end that I have directed the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy to work with all relevant government agencies to ensure that we rapidly expand our digital economy to take advantage of the immense opportunities on the continent and across the globe.
I commend the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, the Expert Review Committee and all stakeholders who participated in the development and review of the NDEPS. I am happy with its level of implementation so far and further urge all Federal Public Institutions and stakeholders to ensure its full and successful implementation.